Carol Ryan Dumas

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U.S. milk output up in August after July price jump

- U.S. dairy producers continue to increase milk production, which was up nearly 2 percent in August year over year.

Expert: Trade needs to be priority for new administration

- Trade is one of the top priorities for U.S. agriculture when a new president and Congress come to Capitol Hill in January.

S. Idaho economic development chief resigns

- Personal reasons have led Jeff Hough to resign his position as executive director of SIEDO.

Idaho Dairy Council gives schools $231,000

- Dairymen continue to support schools and students through the Idaho Dairy Council.

Butter market defies stocks, cream availability

- More buyers than sellers keep butter prices high despite supply and demand fundamentals.

Canadian dairy proposal draws wide opposition

- New dairy policy on the road to ratification in Canada has international trading partners seeing red and calling for a WTO challenge.

ISDA to collect unwanted pesticides

- The Idaho State Department of Agriculture has scheduled pesticide disposal dates in Twin Falls, Gooding and Nampa.

New UI economist hits the ground running

- The University of Idaho's new dairy and livestock economist already has a number of studies planned to assist producers. But first, he's out meeting the producers he'll serve.

Big crops, high dollar mean tough year for grain growers

- Record crops of corn and soybeans, a bumper wheat crop and large invetories will pressure grain prices downward.

Agriculture fuels southern Idaho economy

- Agriculture is the cornerstone of economic development in Southern Idaho, fueling gains in manufactruring, transportation, warehousing and wholesale sales. But the area is also facing a labor shortage that challenges future...

NMPF, dairy co-ops agree to settle milk-price lawsuit

- National Milk Producers Foundation and four member co-ops have agreed to settle a 2011 class action lawsuit alleging price manipulation throughthe Cooperatives Working Together herd-retirement program.

Agricultural producer optimism wanes, poll shows

- Lower commodity prices are weighing on producer confidence in the ag economy.

Methane bill includes some safeguards for Calif. dairies

- California dairymen gained some protections in a bill to reduce methane emissions on dairies, as the revised bill requires the state Air Resources Board to demonstrate the feasibility of regulations before they are implemen...

August rally helps global dairy prices

- Most international dairy commodity prices rallied in August, but they are still near 10-year lows in some cases.

U.S. dairy groups criticize Canada’s new pricing policy

- U.S. dairy groups contend new milk pricing policies in Canada are another attempt to intentionally erect roadblocks to U.S. dairy exports there.

Monsanto exec to take the reins of IDFA

- IDFA has tapped Monsanto's government affairs VP to replace retiring long-time CEO Connie Tipton.

Clif Bar cuts ribbon on sustainable bakery

- Clif Bar held ribbon-cutting ceremonies at its Twin Falls bakery on Tuesday and is already planning more production of its energy bars.

USDA forecast record U.S. sugar production

- U.S. sugar production could be record high this year but still within marketing allotment amounts. Imports of refined sugar from Mexico, however, are depressing U.S. refined sugar prices.

California dairy industry fights ‘unachievable’ methane mandate

- California dairy farmers are sweating a proposed methan ereduction mandate in the final days of the legislative session.

Idaho milk production continues to increase

- Ideal weather and high-quality feed led to strong milk production in Idaho in June and July, but markets are pretty well in balance.

USDA to buy $20 million worth of surplus cheese

- USDA's $20 million purchase of cheese to assistant dairy producers isn't expected to have much impact on milk prices.

Researchers test tillage systems in dry beans

- University of Idaho researchers are studying weed control and yield in conventiona tillage, strip tillage and direct seed in dry beans.

U.S. dairy herd largest since 2008

- Dairy cow numbers are the highest in the U.S. since 2008, driven by economies of scale, record milk prices in 2014 and the availability of heifers.

Study analyzes Basagran application rates in dry beans

- A repeat trial on Basagran in dry beans by University of Idaho researchers this summer is showing some inconsistency with earlier trials.

Researchers test cover crop removal in dry beans

- A first study on cover crops management in dry beans by University of Idaho scientists resulted in good weed control and crop stands.

Opportunity ahead for U.S. dairy exporters

- U.S. dairy exporters will face more competition in the decade ahead, but there's opportunity if they are aggressive suppliers -- and make the call rather than take the call.

Cornell students win new dairy product competition

- Food scientists students from Cornell University took the top spot in the new dairy product development competition sponsored by the Idaho Milk Processors Association and supported by $20,000 in prize money by United Dairym...

Dairy fits well in sustainable dietary guidelines

- Lack of adequate research isn't stopping governments from moving ahead with proposals for sustainable dietary quidelines -- which are the basis of food policy such as nutrition assistance programs.

Panel discusses challenges facing future of food

- Transparency and consumer education will be critical in balancing consumer trends and providing enough food to feed a growing population, food indusrty representatives said during a recent discussion.

U.S. losing share in sluggish global dairy market

- U.S. dairy exporters are having a tough time in world markets due to both a smaller overall pie and a smaller piece of that pie.

U.S. dairy exports up in volume in June

- U.S. dairy exports were up 5 percent in June year over year but down 18 percent in value.

CME makes changes to cattle futures

- CME includes a discount for the Minnesota-Iowa region in October to better reflect the market.

Low milk prices trigger dairy payments

- In announcing the largest payout in the Margin Protection Program for dairy, USDA Sec. Vilsack characterized the program as a robust and comprehensive safety net. Many dairymen disagree.

Judge upholds protested water transfer

- A protested water transfer approved by the Idaho Department of Water Resources meets the standards of Idaho water law, according to a judicial review released on Wednesday.

New Gold Buckle Club supports rodeo

- The Twin Falls County Fair and Magic Valley Stampede have launched a VIP club for rodeo supporters.

Congress calls for dairy assistance

- Members of Congress have responded to dairymen's request for assistance during these difficult times of low milk prices by asking USDA for immediate relief.

U.S. milk production up 1.5 percent

- Moderate weather in June raised milk production a little higher than expected, but July's hot weather is expected to curb the gain in per-cow production.

Rush skeletonweed a growing perennial problem

- Rush skeletonweed is one of 66 noxious weeds that have infested 8 million acres in Idaho, causing an estimated $300 million annually in direct damage, according to Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign.

Volatile currencies impact dairy processor sales in 2015

- Currency volatility, low commodity prices and mergers and acquisitions all played a part in the dairy landscape for the world's top 20 producers in 2015.

June cattle placements lower than expected

- While placement of cattle into feedlots in June was less than most analysts expected, it was still a strong number, pointing to a re;atively large supply of fed cattle in the fall.

Water Board approves $7.2 million for aquifer recharge

- The Idaho Water Resource Board is investing in three aquifer recharge projects in south-central Idaho that would more than double current winter recharge capacity in those areas.