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Proposed organic rule fuels disease concerns

- Poultry and pork producers say a proposed rule increasing outdoor access for animals in organic operations raises serious health risks to animals and the public.

Beef, dairy groups question proposed organic rule

- Livestock groups say a proposed rule on organic livestock practices is based on public perception rather than science.

Brexit impact minimal on global agriculture, economist says

- An economist says Britain's exit from the EU will have little effect on world food trade.

Rancher engages through storytelling

- Diane Josephy Peavey advocates for ranchers, rural life and the sheep industry.

U.S. dairymen fare better than global counterparts

- Large global inventories and weak demand will stretch out the rough patch for dairymen, but most of the major exporting regions have put the brakes on milk production.

Grants aim to boost Idaho wine industry

- The Idaho Wine Commission plans to spread the word about the quality of Idaho wines and bring its members new opportunities with grants from USDA.

Congressmen rip BLM over new rule

- Congressmen say BLM's new rule to guide resource management planning is unworkabable and the agency needs to go back to the drawing board and partner closely with state and local officials to find a process that works for e...

Book series teaches kids about farming

- Case IH and Octane Press have teamed up to create a book series to introduce young children to modern agriculture.

Dairy inventories weigh down markets

- World milk production has finally started to contract, but it'll be some time before significant product inventories will clear the market.

Extension Twilight Tour to showcase research

- The July 20 tour, which includes dinner and entertainment, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. and is free to the public.

Senators blast federal agencies over sage grouse plans

- Senators took the BLM and Forest Service to task in a Senate subcommittee hearing for ignoring states' efforts and input in new federal land-use plans for sage grouse conservation.

Federal land-use plans miss mark, limit access

- State and industry stakeholders in sage grouse conservation contend new federal land-use plans that ignore local input, proven success and the real threats to the species would needlessly restrict access to public land.

Animal agriculture showcases advances

- A new report by the Animal Agriculture Alliance highlights advances the industry is making in animal care, food safety and environmental sustainability.

Volatility plagues U.S. cattle markets

- Volatility in cash and futures markets and the wide spread between the two are making things difficult for U.S. cattle producers.

NW ag, forestry, fisheries pack economic punch

- The natural resources sector in the five-state Northwest region accounts for more than 12 cents of every dollar generated and 1 in 10 jobs of the entire regional economy.

USDA continues to prime trade with Cuba

- With its close proximity to the U.S., Cuba offers plenty of opportunity for agricultural exports, with particularly high potential for rice, fruits and vegetables, livestock and ag equipment.

Meat, poultry industry fuels economic activity

- The economic impact of the U.S. meat and poultry industry is far reaching, accounting for 5.4 million jobs nationwide and more than $1 trillion in economic output.

S. Idaho agribusiness success has deep roots

- The Magic Valley of Southern Idaho is booming with new and expanding agribusinesses, due to a pro-business attitude and teamwork.

High court’s Rangen decision leaves uncertainty

- A decision by the Idaho Supreme Court changes has raised questions about how senior water right holders will be treated in future water calls.

Sustainability policy won’t threaten existing water rights, board member says

- The policy focuses on active stewarship to ensure current uses and provide for future needs.

Farm Bureau busy ahead of presidential election

- Farm Bureau says both presidential campaigns need to pay attention to the concerns of farmers and ranchers, who consistently show up for elections.

Livestock producers weigh in on Trump, Clinton

- Livestock producers are tallying the pros and kinds of presidential candidates, saying it's stacking up to be a close race.

Arizona equipment dealer buys Christiansen Implement

- Christiansen Implement, based in American Falls, Idaho, has been operating as a John Deere dealership since 1962.

Idaho man gets 3 years in prison for organic fraud

- Organic fraud case involved the sale of more than 2.1 million pounds of alfalfa seed.

U.S. meat exports sluggish but improving

- U.S. meat exports have faced strong head winds in international markets, but there's reason for optimism going forward.

Former ICA chief dies


Sara Braasch Schmidt, 45, former executive vice president of the Idaho Cattle Association, died June 5 at her home.

Braasch Schmidt first worked at ICA as its special projects director from 1992 to 1995. She return...

Idaho man gets 3 years in prison for organic fraud

- The seed dealer sold conventional alfalfa seed as organic.

Filer youth chosen as Fuel Up to Play 60 ambassador

- Passion for a healthy lifestyle earns Filer student role as Idaho ambassador for Fuel Up To Play 60.

Organic ag ‘hotspots’ boost local economies

- New research on organic hotspots finds a higher economic benefit to local communities than previously thought and a higher economic benefit than general agricultural hotspots.

Meadow Gold recalls cream products

- The recall involves approximately 10,000 units distributed in Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Utah.

DFA considers joint processing operation

- Three Midwest cooperatives are considering joint operation of a Michigan cheese plant.

Clif Bar recalls product containing sunflower kernels

- A supplier has recalled sunflower seeds that are ingredients in three varieties of energy and trail mix bars.

USDA streamlines producer crop acreage reporting

- USDA is trying to reduce the amount of time farmers and ranchers spend reporting duplicate crop-acreage information with a system that electronically shares information between agencies.

Beekeepers struggle to keep ag buzzing

- Beekeepers have to work harder to keep their honeybee hives viable as bee losses continue.

Idaho FFA youths rewarded for outreach

- Four FFA chapters in south-central Idaho have won a grant to support their ongoing ag literacy outreach with youngsters.

Bastian new VP for industry relations at United Dairymen of Idaho

- Before joining UDI, Eric Bastian served as vice president of research and development for Glanbia Nutritionals and Glanbia Foods.

CDFA permanently raises whey value in milk pricing

- Dairymen say the decision is good but it won't keep dairies from going out of business due to mounting losses.