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December feedlot placements down 8 percent

- Analysts view the latest USDA cattle on feed report as moderately bullish and as showing signs of heifer retention for herd rebuilding.

Public support for grazing strong in Idaho

- A University of Idaho survey of Idaho residents shows a 90 percent approval rating for livestock grazing on public lands and a high level of trust in Idaho's public lands ranchers.

U.S. milk production up, prices down

- U.S. milk production continues to increase, and milk prices continue a downward trend from record highs seen this fall. Analysts don't look for rmarket recovery until mid year but are forecasting continued moderate feed co...

Case could impact dairies, livestock operations nationwide

- A district court ruling this week applying RCRA regulations to manure for the first time in history has serious implications for livestock producers nationwide.

Organic conference targets cover crops

- Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides will present an organic conference on using cover crops to enhance soil fertility in Twin Falls on Jan. 30

Agri-Action set for Feb. 5-7 in Twin Falls

- The trade show with accompanying seminars for farmers will be at the Expo Center of the College of Southern Idaho.

Wearable technology is farming of the future

- Wearable technology is the next wave to hit agriculture. Smart glasses will be like wearing a computer, providing quick and efficient hands-free communication and data transfer.

U.S. ag sees potential in Cuba trade

- U.S. ag organizations pushing to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba contend there is plenty of opportunity in Cuba if the U.S. government allowed the country to purchase U.S. food and ag commodities on credit rather than cash in ...

California tops in margin insurance sign-ups

- Dairy producers nationwide have enrolled more than half of the U.S. milk production in the new federal Milk Margin Protection Program. Participation details were released Friday morning by USDA Farm Service Agency.

DOD airlifts dairy, produce to Pacific commissaries

- The Department of Defense has begun airlifting dairy products and produce to military commissaries in the Pacific as shipping delays at West Coast ports have led to empty store shelves.

Ag coalition urges normalized trade with Cuba.

- U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba is pushing to lift longstanding U.S sanction on Cuba and liberalize trade in an effort to improve economic opportunities for both countries.

Calif. dairy groups file lawsuit against water board

- California Dairy Campaign, Western United Dairymen and Milk Producers Council, representing dairymen, have filed suit against the California Water ResourcesControl Board over dramatic increases in annual waterquality permi...

Chobani says press reports of turmoil aren’t true

- Chobani says reports by the New York Post of turmoil at the Greek yogurt company, based on allegations from unnamed sources, are false and rresponsible.

Diversification brings fish farmer success

- Leo Ray has built a successful aquaculture business in Idaho's Hagerman Valley through diversity, innovation and strict attention to customer service.

Strong U.S. dollar to challenge global fertilizer demand

- A strong U.S. dollar and lower commodity crop prices could strain global fertilizer demand and will likely lead to flat to lower potash and phosphate demand in North America iin 2015.

Dairy economists forecast milk margins below $8

- Economists with the University of Wisconsin forecast much lower milk prices in 2015, coming off a remarkable year in 2014. Margins over feed costs are expected to drop below $8 per hundredweight of milk.

Glanbia Foods CEO Jeff Williams retires

- Glanbia Foods USA CEO Jeff Williams is retiring after 25 years with the company but will remain on board as a consultant.

Analysts ponder whether cattle, beef prices can go higher

- Rabobank analysts say it remains to be seen whether constrained supply and strong demand have set a new norm for cattle and beef prices or whether they could go even higher in 2015.

Far West conference set for Twin Falls

- Far West Agribusiness Association will offer three days of seminars and breakout sessions pertinent to the industry during the winter conference in Twin Falls, Idaho, in early January.

Rabobank: Dairy prices continue downward

- Rabobank expects further decline in global prices for dairy products in the first half of 2015, a gradual tighting of supply in the second half and price recovery momentum in the fourth quarter. The downturn in U.S. prices ...

Port woes taking heavy toll on Idaho ag

- Labor disputes are causing multiple problems at West Coast ports, severely affecting Idaho's agricultural exports and causing substantial losses for the state's processors and shippers.

Grazing provisions provide stability to ranchers

- Congressional approval of grazing provisions in the Grazing Improvement Act passed late last week will take uncertainty out of grazing permits on public lands tied to permit renewals threatened by a backlog of envenvironmen...

United Dairymen of Idaho hires new business development director

- Idaho dairy groups have hired a director for business deveolpment and processor relations.

Ranchers mostly pleased with omnibus bill

- Public lands ranchers have a lot to be happy about in the government funding bill passed by both the House and Senate, from a pullback of EPA regulation to grazing and rangeland support. Trade and marketing provisions, howe...