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Changing market demands challenge beef industry


TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Changes in the beef industry, from structural issues to consumer preferences, are bringing new challenges and risks to raising cattle and marketing beef.

One of the most dangerous approac...

Cowboy practices what he teaches


Growing up the son of a working cowboy, Jim Keyes thought he’d be a cowboy all his life, and he did a little of it when he was first married — until he realized “you can’t make any money, ...

Rancher says he’s a conservation-easement convert


TWIN FALLS, Idaho — As a fifth-generation rancher in Oregon’s Jordan Valley, Bob Skinner was adamantly opposed to conservation easements.

But the former president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Asso...

Southwest Cheese, Glanbia shine at world cheese contest


Southwest Cheese and parent company Glanbia won a record-breaking 18 awards at the 2016 World Championship Cheese Contests in Wisconsin last week, including six gold, eight silver and four bronze medals.

The awards...

Photo monitoring gains momentum on Idaho rangelands


TWIN FALLS, Idaho — A fledgling program to help Idaho ranchers help themselves by monitoring their Bureau of Land Management allotments is gaining ground.

The photo-monitoring program was launched in August ...

Lawsuit claims USDA undermining organics board


Cornucopia Institute has filed a lawsuit against USDA alleging misconduct by the department resulted in its inappropriate influence in the workings of the National Organic Standards Board.

Cornucopia alleges USDA a...

Ontario workshop set on new food safety law


The Idaho State Department of Agriculture will conduct a stakeholder meeting on the Food Safety Modernization Act on April 26 in Ontario, Ore.

The informational session is designed for small and mid-size farms and ...

Rabobank: Dairy price doldrums to continue


It’s going to be a long year for dairy producers, given stronger-than-expected EU milk production and weaker demand from developing markets.

Global dairy prices have continued to stumble along a market floor...

Fabri-Kal receives training grant


Food-container manufacturer Fabri-Kal Corp. has received a $159,000 Workforce Development Training Fund grant from the Idaho Department of Labor to train 53 new employees.

The company, which makes biodegradable pro...

Bill would amend federal dairy safety net


A bill supported by three Northeast congressmen would amend the Margin Protection Program for dairy established by the 2014 Farm Bill to better reflect feed costs in different regions of the country.

The program al...

Dairy groups urge challenge of WHO proposal


U.S. milk producers and processors are speaking out against guidelines from the World Health Organization urging the prohibition of the promotion and marketing of milk products for infants and toddlers.

The guideli...

S. Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame honors inductees


TWIN FALLS, Idaho — The Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame celebrated its newest inductees at the organization’s 57th annual banquet on Tuesday evening.

The honored inductees were cow-calf operator...

Idaho FFA brings ag to youngsters

- FFA members work to set children on the right track in understanding agriculture and advocating for its sustainability.

New Idaho FFA officers: Go after your dream

- Encouraging FFA members to believe in themselves and follow their dreams is at the top of the list for Idaho's new state FFA officers confirmed on April 9 at the close of the 85th annual Leadership Conference.

Agricultural educators embrace future teachers

- Agricultural teachers shared their experiences with potential newcomers to the profession during a workshop at the Idaho State FFA Leadership Conference on Thursday.

Finding purpose begins with two questions

- Steven Brockshus, a former National FFA officer and an Iowa State University junior studying ag education and entrepreneurial studies, challenges blue jackets to ask themselves who they are and why they're here.

Idaho FFA officers retire with gusto

- Retiring Idaho state FFA officers saw membership grow to more than 90 chapters this last year, with two start-ups coming on board and three more in the works with the help of the state's Ag Education Initiative signed into ...

Only .012 percent milk tankers positive for drug residue

- U.S. dairy farmers scored high in the latest survey on drug residues in tested milk, which showed only 0.012 percent of bulk tanker loads contained residues.

Rabobank: Brazil’s beef exports growing again

- Brazil's beef exports are on the rise, driven by Chinese markets and weak domestic demand.

Affidavit details how fake organic seed was discovered

- The FBI investigation into the sales of phoney organic alfalfa seed started with a state inspector.

CDFA to reconsider whey value in milk pricing

- California Department of Agriculture has set an April 11 hearing in Sacramento to consider an extension of last year's temporary increase in the whey value in Class 4b milk pricing.

Idaho farmer pleads guilty in organic fraud case

- A Bliss farmer has pleaded guilty to charges of fraudulently labeling seed as organic.

Lawsuit on hold while USDA reviews pork trademark contract

- USDA is conducting an independent review of the contract. No settlement talks are taking place, a spokeswoman says.

U.S. honey production falls following big year

- U.S. honey production in 2015 was down 12 percent and the average price was down 4 percent for a total value of $327 million, down about $60 million from 2014.

Pork producers demand USDA defend trademark sale

- USDA's actions and evasiveness have U.S. pork producers concerned over the future of pork promotions in the checkoff program.

Ag groups cheer USDA efforts in Cuba

- USDA announced yesterday it will allow producer-funded checkoff dollars to be used to build agricultural relations in Cuba.

New NCBA chief sees challenges, opportunities

- Kendal Frazier has been named CEO of National Cattlmen's Beef Association after serving as interim CEO for the past eight months.

Good communication is the root of successful farming

- Behavioral assessment can identify a person's communication style and help farmers adapt to the style of others to improve communication.

Dairy council sees opportunity for U.S. cheese, whey exports

- The long-term forecast for global dairy trade remains strong, and the U.S. is well positioned to compete for growing demand in cheese, whey and skim milk powder.

Chobani to expand Idaho operations

- Chobani is expanding its Twin Falls operation to meet growing demand for its products and to launch new lines.

USDA projects decline in cattle prices, but good returns

- Despite lower cattle prices, USDA expects moderate feed costs, good returns and improved pastures will fuel expansion in the U.S. beef herd over the next decade.

Lean years ahead for U.S. dairy producers

- Margins will be tight at best for U.S. dairy producers over the next three years before downward milk prices begin to reverse in 2019.

Water Board partners with irrigators for recharge

- The Idaho Water Resource Board is moving ahead with several aquifer recharge projects in the upper and lower Snake River basins.

Researchers lower nitrogen recommendation in sugar beets

- Lower nitrogen recommendations for sugar beet production are a result of improved genetics and nitrogen management.

New S. Idaho economic director wants to build on success

- Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization has tapped a marketing specialist from Idaho State University as its new executive director.

Schools work to improve nutrition, taste of meals

- From administrators to kitchen workers, school staff are dedicated to providing students with healthy and appealing choices that tastily adhere to USDA Dietary Guidelines -- and the success is apparent in crowded cafeterias.

Statutory changes to ESA unlikely, experts say

- Western Governors' Association panel sees the best opportunity for improvements in regard to the Endangered Species Act through administrative policy.

Litigation helped shape species conservation

- While divisive and bitter at times, conflict and litigation have been part of the evolution of the ESA. Their role ahead is part of the discussion on improving the efficacy of the act to protect and recover species.

NASS nixes cattle inventory reports

- The July cattle report contains inventory numbers of all cattle and calves in the U.S. The U.S. and Canadian cattle report, in cooperation with Statistics Canada, contains the number of cattle and calves by class and calf c...

Farm Bureau: TPP offers significant benefits

- A Farm Bureau economic analysis shows the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to U.S. agriculture as well as the negative implications of failing to ratify the trade agreement.