Carol Ryan Dumas

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Field trip mixes fun with facts for first-graders

- The equipment dealer’s jam-packed morning of ag-related activities was meant to raise youngster’s awareness of agriculture to help secure the future of ag.

Sheep research station on USDA chopping block, again

- The beleaguered research station, the only USDA-ARS research facility dedicated to the sheep industry, is being threatened with closure for the third time since 2014.

Trump budget slashes farm bill funding

- USDA Secretary Purdue says there’s no sugarcoating the agency’s reduced budget but USDA will show it can do more with less and continue to serve agriculture and rural America.

Ag groups on NAFTA: Modernize, don’t jeopardize

- U.S. farm organizations are anxious about losing ground in NAFTA negotiations.

Fake milk? Pressure builds for FDA to address imitation dairy labels

- The National Milk Producers Federation says Food and Drug Administration has a history of failing to enforce regulations that prohibit plant-food companies from using dairy terms on their labels.

House bill would increase organic research funding

- Lawmakers say research to support organic production isn’t keeping up with consumer demand for organic food.

Industry launches campaign to reconnect with consumers

- The campaign aims to remind consumers of all that’s good about dairy, from farm to plate, and build consumer confidence.

USDA reorganization worries rural advocates

- Secretary Sonny Purdue’s proposed reorganization of USDA would change the status of rural development in a way that would cause harm to farming and rural communities, says a coalition of rural organizations.

Group lodges complaint against HSUS, Whole Foods

- The pro-industry Center for Consumer Freedom says HSUS is using charitable funds to benefit the interests of Whole Foods, whose CEO sits on the HSUS board of directors.

Ag groups laud new USDA trade undersecretary

- Producers groups have been calling for USDA to create an undersecretary of trade position for quite some time, and new USDA chief Sonny Purdue has made it happen.

More recharge projects planned in Idaho

- As irrigators gain efficiencies that reduce incidental recharge, efforts on managed recharge will need to step up to sustain the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer.

U.S. beef one step closer to Chinese access

- The U.S.-China agreement on access to Chinese beef markets has just one more round of technical consultations and a July 16 deadline before U.S. beef is allowed in the country.

ISDA dairy chief retires, will lead Milk Producers of Idaho

- Marv Patten began his tenure at the agency in 1977. He joins MPI in June.

USDA reignites debate over organic livestock, poultry rule

- Further delay frustrates the Organic Trade Association and pleases some livestock and poultry groups.

ISDA sets chemigation licensing, training seminars

- The seminars will be followed by special exam sessions for obtaining a chemigation category license.

Proposed UI livestock research center passes feasibility review

- The facility would house a 2,000-cow dairy and focus on environmental research aimed at sustainability.

Record year for Idaho aquifer recharge

- Recharge efforts by the Idaho Water Resource Board and partner irrigation districts are expected to return 340,000 acre-feet to the aquifer this year.

Cattlemen encouraged by focus on monuments

- Public lands ranchers are pleased that criticism of monument designations is gaining momentum in the administration and Congress.

California FMMO will stabilize milk production, analyst predicts

- Analysts think a federal milk marketing order in California would also increase prices, but not as much as USDA predicts.

Judge delays sentencing in cattle theft case

- A district judge wants restitution worked out before he sentences an Idaho man who pleaded guilty to cattle theft.

Trump position on S. Korea threatens U.S. meat exports

- National Cattlemen’s Beef Association considers Trump’s statement on withdrawing from the U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement “very dangerous.”

Idaho dairy industry to host global nutrition conference

- The benefits of dairy in infant and child nutrition and its link to economic growth will be the focus of an international conference May 10 and 11.

U.S. milk production recovering from hard winter

- The lingering effects of a challenging winter are still seen in milk production in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, but losses are moderating.

Ag community gives thumbs-up to new USDA secretary

- After a long confirmation process, agriculture groups are eager to work with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

Beef demand keeps cattle moving through feedlots

- With three years of herd expansion, no one should be surprised by higher placements, an analyst says.

Trump’s boost to China trade encourages U.S. beef industry

- Access to China offer tremendous opportunity for U.S. beef, but there’s still much to negotiate.

ISDA delivers more flood-related violations

- The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is still early in the enforcement process of wastewater issues related to winter weather and flooding.

Dairy industry wants broken safety net fixed

- Most dairymen are dissatisfied with the performance of the Margin Protection Program and have lost faith in the program’s ability to provide an effective safety net.

Flooding leads to dairy wastewater violations

- Unprecedented snowmelt from neighboring fields flooded the Shoshone dairy, overwhelming its wastewater containment capacity.

S. Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame honors inductees

- Inductees are honored for their contributions to the livestock industry and their communities in southern Idaho.

U.S. meat exports maintain strong pace

- Japan is leading in purchases of U.S. beef in volume and value this year.

FFA members engage youngsters to boost ag literacy

- Idaho FFA spreads the word to young students about the origins of food.

Idaho FFA officers ready to meet new challenges

- The new state leaders have all held leadership roles before and are excited to play bigger roles.

Winter tough on alfalfa but clears hay stocks

- Hay growers are dealing with winter kill from a harsh winter but are encouraged that cattle producers needed more hay than normal, which helped clear stocks.

U.S. dairymen could face trade challenges

- American dairy producers benefited from a global drop in supply last year, but milk production is picking up now in other exporting countries.