Carol Ryan Dumas

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Idaho dairy exports gain ground

- Idaho's dairy exports are on a fast track in the first half of 2014, outpacing the same period a year earlier by 52 percent.

Water, labor, taxes challenge Idaho’s dairy growth

- The growth of Idaho's dairy industry is running up against challenges, incuding water availability and access to immigrant labor.

Rabobank: Potential for land asset bubble looms

- Rabobank warns that the long-term, steep growth pattern in land values – driven by high commodity prices, low interest rates and scarcity of land -- has to change in order to avoid a land asset bubble.

Yaks offer couple a unique alternative

- Idaho couple raises yak for their meat but also sells meat, breeding animals, hides, skulls and fiber.

Simpson says ag faces challenges on Capitol Hill

- Rep. Mike Simpson tells Idaho's dairy industry the biggest challenge facing Congress at present is passing appropriations bills to fund government.

Decision on Calif. milk pricing to come swiftly

- California's pricing of milk to manufacture cheese, which has given California dairymen severe heartburn and caused industry infighting for four years, could be on the the verge of a landmark decision by California's A...

CDFA floats change in California milk pricing

- In a surprise move, California's Ag Secretary Karen Ross distributed draft legislation to the dairy industry last week that would bring the state's Class 4b milk prices in line with those with Class III in federal orders. T...

S.D. rescinds brucellosis test on Idaho cattle

- South Dakota has lifted its requirement that all Idaho cattle entering the state must be tested for brucellosis. North Dakota's restriction remains in place.

EU restriction on cheese threatens trade pacts

- While U.S. dairy sales and market access have improved in South Korea since a free trade agreement was implemented two years ago, certain U.S. cheeses are still restricted due to a subsequent trade agreement between South K...

USDA seeks input on Sheep Experiment Station

- USDA Agricultural Research Station will be taking comment on the research activities at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho, during two teleconferences scheduled for Aug. 6 and 7. Earlier this month USDA soug...

Hay exporters unsure of China’s GMO requirements

- U.S. alfalfa exporters to China are trying to find out more about news that China could be changing regulations on imported alfalfa regarding contamination by genetically modified material. The country has a zero tolerance ...

U.S. cattle on feed continue downward spiral

- USDA's latest cattle on feed report shows the declining cattle numbers supporting record-high cattle and beef prices.

July cattle inventory lowest on record

- The decrease in overall number of cattle and calves in the U.S. on July 1 is no surprise to the industry. But the decrease in beef replacement heifers is, considering other USDA numbers showing signs of herd rebuilding.

Davis: Sale positions Davisco Foods for growth

- Davisco's CEO saysthe sale of the dairy processors' assets to Canadian Agropur was a business move to continue to grow operations and offer more opportunity to their employees.

Producers wonder when cattle price bubble will burst

- Record-breaking cattle prices, bringing strong profits up and down the beef supply chain, have many concerned about a market downturn. Feedlots are the most at risk but have a pretty good cushion through October.

Technology turns manure into clean water

- On-farm technology to turn liquid manure into clean water, while separating out valuable nutrients, is expected to be available commercially by year's end.

Cow/calf profits soar

- Cow/calf producers are enjoying sweet prices on their beef calves, with average profits running $480 per cow.

Sheep industry relieved by experiment station’s rescue

- The sheep industry is relieved by congressional action to keep the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station at Dubois, Idaho, open. USDA had requested reprogramming of funds for the station, which would have shuttered its doors.

Elk ranch dream continues to evolve

- After buying a farm in 2002, Calvin and Gail Ansley got into the elk business. The have since moved and now have set their sights on agritourism.

ARS sheep research station closure averted

- The House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee has blocked USDA's request to reprogram funding for the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho, and close the facility. The action, however, does not address the long-term t...

House to vote on permanent conservation incentive

- The House will consider on Thursday making a conservation easement incentive permanent. The incentive includes an annual tax deduction for farmers and ranchers of 100 percent of their adjusted gross income for 16 years.

Northwest dairy producers see strong margins

- Northwest Farm Credit Service sreports Northwest dairy producers are using strong margins to reinvest in facilities and operations verses significant milk-production expansion.

Grant bolsters Idaho Preferred

- Idaho Preferred, which promotes Idaho food and agriculture products, has received a nearly $214,000 USDA grant to promote specialty crops.

World class calf roping to benefit food bank

- Top PRCA tie-down ropers will again be in Idaho to help raise money for Beef Counts, a program of Idaho's cattle industry to provide beef to the Idaho Foodbank. This year's event will also include a calf roping qualifier fo...

Low supplies underpin high cattle market

- Northwest Farm Credit Services sees continued favorable times ahead for cattle producers, due to tight supplies, low feed costs and strong demand.

Top global dairy companies battle challenging conditions

- Underlying slow growth in global dairy markets has made mergers and acquisitions increasingle important to extract growth, reduce costs and sustain profits. according to a new report by Rabobank.

Livestock groups want EPA interpretive rule scrapped

- Groups: An interpretive rule narrowing ag exemption for discharge permits under the Clean Water Act will result in prohibitive costs and legal liability for producers that will turn them away from conservation practices.

Northwest hay growers doubt acreage report’s accuracy

- Harvested hay acres dropped slightly this year in the U.S., but some big increases in Washington and Oregon have growers there surprised and doubtful of USDA's reported numbers.

California milk price relief expires

- Temporary increases in California's minimum milk prices expired June 30. The adjustments had added 12.5 cents per hundredweight of milk to the state's pool price.

Student to give cattle showmanship clinic

- A 4-H and FFA student who's been showing cattle since the age of 7 will be holding a free cattle showmanship clinic in Filer, Idaho, with the help of University of Idaho extension educators on July 19.

Water court floated to handle growing hearing load

- Some in Idaho's water community are proposing establishing a new water court to handle the growing number of administrative hearings at the Department of Water Resources due to contentious water delivery calls.

Global dairy price recovery seen six months out

- Rabobank's newest dairy report shows the anticipated drops in global dairy commodity prices in the second quarter of 2014 were more sever than anticipated.

Meat prices on a record-setting roll

- Beef and pork prices are at record highs due to limited supplies. Economists see no indication of demand slowing. Producers and feedlots are reaping the benefits, while profits are more volatile at the packer level.

Rabobank: Outlook bearish for grain prices

- Rabobank projects good conditions in the beef and dairy sectors in second half of 2014, despite some price softening.

EPA, lawyers address ‘waters of the U.S.’

- A proposed rule regarding protected and regulated waters of the U.S. in the Clean Water Act took center stage at the Idaho Water Users Association's summer water law seminar on Tuesday in Sun Valley.

Idaho Water Resources molding strategic aquifer plan

- Idaho Department of Water Resources is working on a strategy to stabilize aquifers statewide with the $5 million a year allocation approved this year by the state Legislature. The Eastern Snake Plain aquifer is the first pr...

U.S. cattle on feed down for 22nd consecutive month

- U.S. cattle supplies continue to tighten, posting lower numbers on feed, placed on feed and marketed for slaughter compared with year-ago levels.