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Idaho DEQ offers free nitrate screening

- Idaho DEQ is offering free nitrate screening for private well owners on Saturday in Twin Falls. Annual testing for the contaminant is recommended.

Wisconsin dairy economists optimistic about milk prices

- Supply and demand dynamics are pointing to better milk prices in 2017, according to two noted dairy economists.

USDA predicts TPP would be net positive for U.S. dairy

- A USDA analysis shows increased exports of U.S. dairy products with the Trans-Pacific Partnership and a drop in dairy exports if the U.S. does not participate in the agreement.

USDA moves ahead with new GIPSA rules

- The GIPSA rules USDA has sent to the Office of Management and Budget include an interim final rule on competitive injury and two proposed rules to address undue preference and the poultry grower ranking system.

Livestock groups weigh in on grazing restriction

- Livestock groups go on record about one of the most restrictive and burdensome requirements -- stubble height -- in sage grousel resource management plans.

Ag groups criticize Dannon’s sustainability pledge

- Farm groups send letter of disapproval to Dannon chief over the company's pledge to have its dairy farmers move to GMO-free feed.

EU grab of common cheese names worries U.S. dairy industry

- The EU's attempt to extend geographic protections to common cheese names, such as parmesan and feta, is a threat that cannot be allowed in trade neogtiations between the EU and the U.S., according to U.S. dairy industry off...

Woman granted wish to attend Idaho sheep festival

- A young women's wish to experience the Trailing of the Sheep Festval came to life through the Idaho chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation and sheep festival organizers.

Idaho ag groups protest Clif Bar foundation’s ‘Mr. Seed’ video

- Clif Bar's anti-conventional agriculture video has caught the unfavorable attention of Idaho's ag community.

USDA cheese purchase a disappointment

- USDA purchase of surplus cheese leaves $13 million on the table.

IRS estate, gift tax proposal would impact ag families

- The IRS is moving quickly to increase the tax burden on family businesses by elimnating discounts on the valuation of assets associated with owning limited shares in a family business.

Economic development group names interim chief

- Brad Wills will serve as the interim executive director of the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization until a new director is hired.

Western Innovator: A different way to farm

- Enthusiasm fuels the dream that has become Laura Lee Farms, a hydroponic produce operation 10 miles north of Bliss, Idaho.

USDA broadens fed cattle price reporting

- In an effort to increase price transparency, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service will begin including cattle purchased by packers through the Fed Cattle Exchange in its national and regional direct negotiated slaughter c...

Schools strive to offer healthful food that students like

- The Twin Falls School District kicked off National School Lunch week, Oct. 10-14, early with a celebration at one of its elementary schools on Monday. The national program offers free and reduced-cost lunches to about 32 mi...

CME cash dairy trade goes from pit to click

- CME Group is moving its dairy spot call auction from the trading floor to an electronic platform to improve price transparency with broader customer and industry access.

U.S. beef access to China could come quickly

- After a 13-year hiatus from the Chinese market, U.S. beef exports are on the doorstep of the world's fastest-growing beef market and second-largest beef importer.

U.S. cattle prices continue to erode as supplies rise

- While feeder cattle prices have seen a recent improvement, live cattle and calf prices continue under pressure.

Cattle placements, marketings up double digits on 2 extra days

- There was a lot of coming and going on U.S. feedlots in August, showing that feedlots are moving cattle out in a timely fashion and not building inventory.

Senate report says WOTUS expanding federal control

- A Senate committee report this weeks details EPA and Corps actions that are eviscerating agricultural exemptions in the Clean Water Act despite the agencies' previous assurances that wouldn't happen under the WOTUS rule.

S. Idaho food hub looks to keep rolling

- South-central Idaho has had phenomenal success in growing its food manufacturing sector and is now on the fast-track of garnering federal assistance to tackle some obstacles to further growth.

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.