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Transparency, education focus of dairy tour

- A local dairyman opens up his family farm to the media with a new mind-set that transparency is key to consumer trust.

EPA enforces new water rule in 37 states despite injunction

- The Environmental Protection Agency will enforce its new Clean Water Act rule in 37 states despite a judge's injunction.

Cattle on feed up, slaughter down

- Feedlots are holding cattle longer to put on more weight, and the number of fed cattle coming out of feedlots continues to decline year over year.

Workshops address changes in livestock drug use

- New Food and Drug Administration restrictions will change the landscape on antibiotic use in animal agricultural. To meet producer and veterinarian informational needs regarding the changes, Farm Foundation is holding works...

Dairy-quality hay supply remains tight

- Good growing conditions across most of the U.S. has raised alfalfa production over last year, but drought and untimely rains at harvest have tightened the supply of dairy-quality hay.

UI trials target weeds in dry beans

- Research at University of Idaho Kimberly Research and Extension Center is helping dry bean growers get a better handle on weed control.

Yakima dairy challenge has broad implications, experts say

- A U.S. District Court decision against dairies in the Yakima Valley of Washington state earlier this year could be a game-changer for dairy operations elsewhere.

Bean researchers study nitrogen fertilizer options

- University of Idaho researchers are in the second year of a study on nitrogen application in dry beans and testing the effects of a time-released fertilizer.

U.S. meat exports shrink in first half of 2015

- U.S. meat exports were down considerably in the first half of 2015 compared with the same period last year, with lower demand in most of the major markets.

Grant supports UI logger safety research

- Researchers will use GPS technology to help keep loggers safe on the job.

Zoetis supports Idaho range initiative

- Each donation will be made in the name of the producer.

Law prof says ‘ag-gag’ decision hard to overturn

- A University of Idaho law professor says a ruling that struck down an Idaho law that criminalizing secretly videotaping practices on ag operations might not please everyone but it is in sync with the Supreme Court's inter...

Rabobank: Cow-calf production to shift to Corn Belt

- Rabobank analysts look for cow-calf production to concentrate in the central part of the country due to advantages in the Corn Belt. They also expect the Southwest and High Plains to repopulate to pre-drought levels and exp...

Horizon Organic awards scholarships

- Horizon Organic encourages two to pursue organic agriculture with $2,500 scholarships.

USDA grants hearing on Calif. milk marketing order

- California dairymen are welcoming Wednesday's announcement that USDA has granted a hearing to consider the establishment of a federal milk marketing order for the state.

Farm groups disappointed as Ag Security Act struck down

- A U.S. District judge on Monday ruled against an Idaho law passed last year to protect farmers and ranchers from activists gaining access to their operations under false pretense to secretly obtain records or make recording...

Army Corps memos disparage EPA over WOTUS

- Internal memos by Army Corps of Engineer brass sears EPA's disregard for Corps concerns over the final WOTUS rule and its portrayal that the process represented a joint endeavor.

World-class calf roping event to benefit Beef Counts

- Caring Cowboys bring world-class ropers to Jerome, Idaho, to benefit Idaho's hungry through donations of beef.

28 state AGs want WOTUS implementation delayed

- Nearly 30 states that filed lawsuits against EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers over a new rule defining federal juristdiction under the Clean Water Act are requesting a delay in implementation to allow for judicial review...

Heat, drought take toll on Western milk production

- Challenged by heat and drought, milk production in the West is curbing solid production increases in other parts of the country, such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, and Minnesota.

Cattle on feed up, marketings lower

- Increased cattle on feed numbers are more reflective of feedlots holding cattle longer rather than higher cattle supplies, given decreased marketings of fed cattle and lower slaughter levels.

Opportunity knocks for U.S. dairy exports

- The world will need an additional 45 billion pounds of milk by 2020, offering a lot of opportunity for U.S. exporters. Consistency and the ability to withstand downturns will be key factors for success.

Mid-year cattle inventory confirms expansion

- USDA's July 1 cattle inventory report verifies beef herd expansion with increases in beef cow and heifer repplacement numbers.

U.S. milk prices face downward pressure, analyst says

- U.S. markets, particularly for cheese and butter, have shielded U.S. dairymen from the severe downturn in milk prices in most other production regions. But that insulation isn't expected to hold up in the second half of the...

Growers: Monsanto investment in wheat research will spur industry

- Wheat growers are excited about Monsanto's new Wheat Technology Center in Idaho's Magic Valley, saying technology and innovation will help them catch up to advances in other crops and be more productive and competitive.

Ag questions new Clean Water Act rule

- EPA and Arny Corps of Engineers are meeting with major pushback on the final rule they say is intended to clarify waters protected under the Clean Water Act.

CDFA raises its cap on whey value

- Dairy farmers in California have received recognition from the state ag department that Class 4b milk prices are out of alignment with prices for similar milk across the country. That recognition comes in a significant temp...

Southern Idaho wins food-processing recognition

- Southern Idaho's Magic Valley has won a U.S. Department of Commerce designation as a top manufacturing community in food processing, putting the region's accomplishments in the national spotlight.