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Group supports using dairy terms in labeling alternative foods

- The Good Food Institute tells FDA limiting terms such as “milk” to traditional food products would impede food innovation.

Farm Bureau breaks down costs for new Dairy-RP insurance

- Premiums for the new insurance product will vary depending on several factors such as location, coverage levels and contract quarters.

Trade troubles, strong dollar, growing ag production worry analysts

- Trade disputes are converging with potentially record U.S. crop yields and abundant supplies of animal proteins.

Groups request flexibility for livestock haulers

- Livestock haulers are asking for more hours behind the wheel in combination with fatigue-management countermeasures.

Idaho ranks top U.S. producer of four commodities

- Idaho milk production ranked fourth in the nation, but its value claimed the top spot within the state’s agricultural production in 2017.

Powder sales drive dairy exports

- U.S. dairy exports remain positive, but retaliatory tariffs by Mexico and China are having an effect.

Dairy summit to focus on sustainability

- The summit will offer educational workshops, networking opportunities and cutting-edge technology.

Idaho cattle convention loads agenda

- The annual event is set for Nov. 12-14 in Sun Valley.

Survey rates consumer understanding of dairy alternatives

- Dairy group says survey misses mark by not addressing consumers’ comprehension of nutritional differences in dairy and nondairy products.

Call of the auctioneer’s chant

- Kade Rogge trades rodeo arena for auction ring

Beef exports set record; pork challenges continue

- U.S. pork export values in August fell 21 percent in Mexico and 32 percent in China year over year.

Court denies USDA motion to dismiss organic lawsuit

- The lawsuit, brought by the Organic Trade Association, targets USDA’s delay to implement new welfare practices for organic livestock and poultry and its subsequent withdrawal of the rule setting those standards.

U.S. agriculture applauds NAFTA replacement

- Some U.S. commodities will gain additional access to Canadian markets, and others will retain existing zero-tariff access to Canada and Mexico.

Farm Bill expiration puts 39 programs in limbo

- The lapse between farm bills does not affect funding for major, long-standing programs, such as crop insurance or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

New farm bill misses Sept. 30 deadline

- Conaway: Legitimate differences of opinions across almost all titles are holding up completion of the farm bill, and political will is needed to make hard choices.

Trade news positive for U.S. cattle producers

- President Trump’s meetings with foreign officials this week yielded the signing of a renegotiated trade agreement with South Korea and the opening of trade talks with Japan.

FDA seeks comment on dairy substitutes

- FDA wants to learn more about the nutritional profiles of plant-based products being marketed as dairy substitutes to develop guidance on appropriate labeling.

Economist: Tariffs rarely work in trade disputes

- The U.S. is justified in targeting China’s unfair trade practices, but leveling tariffs to accomplish that is faulty strategy.

New South Korea trade deal protects agricultural interests

- Agricultural groups are pleased with the gains in the renegotiated U.S-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement.

Feedlots load up on lightweights

- Inexpensive feed and attractive calf prices are filling feedlots with lighter weight cattle.

Milk production stronger than anticipated

- Economists expect milk prices to dip as markets react to stronger-than-expected U.S. milk production.

National farm debt continues to rise

- Tough financial conditions in farm country are exacerbated by trade uncertainty, an analyst says.

Producers need to prepare for next economic cycle

- Transition management will be key to sustained success.

Rabobank: Swine fever changing trade outlook

- Spread of African swine fever in China and/or Europe increases the risk for all countries but is also likely to increase U.S. pork exports.

Trade concerns deepen with additional tariffs

- While groups representing farmers and ranchers agree China’s trade tactics need addressing, they say tariffs aren’t the answer and will cause more harm.

Japanese businessmen serious about investing in Idaho

- Some of the Japanese technology companies want to expand into agriculture and food processing.

Senators grill administration officials on tariffs, trade

- Trump administration trade officials say they understand the difficulties farmers and ranchers are facing but unfair trade practices by foreign governments must be addressed.

Zinke orders transparency in settlement agreements

- Public Land Council, NCBA say shedding light on the process of sue and settle might make it more difficult for the Interior Department to placate environmental groups.

OTA continues efforts for organic checkoff

- After a failed attempt for a mandatory checkoff program, the Organic Trade Association is redirecting its efforts into establishing a voluntary program.

Dairy export numbers hint at tariff effects

- Aside from the data, USDEC says numerous exporters have talked of lost contracts, expectations of losing contracts and adjusting prices lower to hold onto market share.

Free trade campaign moves beyond agriculture

- A diverse coalition of industries is banding together to ensure Washington, D.C., gets the message on the real-world harm of Trump’s trade war.

Beef exports strong, pork exports slowed by tariffs

- U.S. exports of beef increased in July while the value of pork exports declined due to retaliatory duties imposed by Mexico and China.

Tariffs will cost U.S. dairy farmers $1.5B this year

- A study by Informa Economics found retaliatory tariffs by China and Mexico will reduce U.S. dairy farmer revenue by $1.5 billion in 2018 and $3 billion in 2019 if they remain in place.

Coalition urges de-escalation of tariff war with China

- Groups such as Farmers for Free Trade and Americans for Farmers and Families say that U.S. tariffs to punish China and force it to reform its trade practices are missing the mark and drawing harmful retaliation.

Western governors weigh in on farm bill

- The Western Governors Association wants to ensure that western agricultural interests are appropriately addressed in the final version of the farm bill.

Farm bill conferees tangle over SNAP

- House-passed changes to SNAP eligibility that would require able-bodied adults to work at least part time or participate in a worker-training program are proving to be the biggest hurdle in farm bill negotiations.

Conference committee members stress urgency of farm bill

- Leaders of the farm bill conference committee say legislators must compromise to provide a strong farm bill on time.

U.S. beef markets strong but could tip, analysts say

- Growing supply, a plethora of competing proteins and trade uncertainty hover over beef markets.

EPA refocuses priorities to compliance

- NCBA sees the shift from enforcement to compliance as the Trump administration’s willingness to work with industry, something not seen in previous administrations.

Higher production costs depress net farm income

- While overall cash receipts are expected to remain stable, increasing production costs are forecast to knock the wind out of net farm income in 2018.

USDA, beef industry dispute Consumer Reports article

- USDA and NCBA come out swinging at Consumer Reports, which they say knowingly printed an inaccurate article to mislead consumers about the safety of federally inspected meat and poultry.

Labor issues compounded by wage inflation

- The risk to the agriculture sector is that wages will increase to the point where it becomes more cost effective for the U.S. to import commodities rather than produce them domestically.

Interior Department reorganizing regions

- The department will consolidate its 49 regions into 12 to improve its efficiency and effectiveness.

USDA confirms atypical BSE case in Florida cow

- U.S. Meat Export Federation expects no trade disruptions as a result of the atypical case, which does not affect the official risk status of the U.S.

Tariffs will cost U.S. dairy farmers $1.5B this year

- A study by Informa Economics found retaliatory tariffs by China and Mexico will reduce U.S. dairy farmer revenue by $1.5 billion in 2018 and $3 billion in 2019 if they remain in place.

How tariff-mitigation aid would be distributed by state

- The three top soybean and hog states — Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota — account for 45 percent of estimated direct payments.

Farm groups still want trade, not aid

- Commodity groups quickly responded to USDA’s announcement of financial assistance for farmers, saying it’s not a solution to lost markets due to retaliatory tariffs and doesn’t come close to covering da...

USDA to provide $6.1 billion in farm tariff aid

- The assistance plan includes direct payments to farmers, government food purchases and a trade promotion program.

Organic lawsuit against USDA can proceed

- A U.S. district judge in San Francisco has ruled plaintiffs have legal standing to challenge USDA’s withdrawal of a rule that would apply new standards to organic livestock and poultry production.

Memphis Meats, NAMI seek regulatory clarity on lab-grown protein

- The alternative protein maker and the meat and poultry lobbying group say FDA should have oversight of pre-market safety evaluations and USDA should regulate the products once they enter the marketplace.