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Dairy industry major driver in Idaho’s economy

- A new economic study on Idaho's dairy industry shows its large contributions to employment and economic activity in the state. In 2012, the industry generated 23,000 jobs and contributed more than $2.2 billion to the state'...

Early water crucial for cover crop success

- A cover crop demonstrtation project in south-central Idaho has taught project leaders and farmer cooperators many lessons that can benefit growers.

Economist: Investigate margin protection program now

- While the new Margin Protection Program for dairy is debuting in a financially good year for dairymen -- thus gaining little interest -- one dairy economist says producers shouldn't delay working through the program's techn...

Idaho Milk Products opens tech center

- Idaho Milk Products of Jerome, Idaho, has added a technical center to its growing milk protein business and held a grand opening Oct. 24 to celbrate its five year mark.

UP surcharge raises intermodal freight costs

- Union Pacific is applying an overweight surcharge on intermodal containers headed for western ports, increasing freight costs for ag products headed for export markets.

U.S. dairymen adding cows on good margins

- U.S. milk production was up 4.1 percent in September over year-ago levels, boosted by 78,000 additional cows and increased per cow production of almost 2 pounds.

New beef checkoff offers way through stalemate

- Despite concerns by National Cattlemen's Beef Association and affiliate state cattlemen's associations over a proposed supplemental beef checkoff, other industry groups say a new checkoff is an opportunity to avoid problem...

WTO panel rules COOL detrimental to Canada, Mexico

- A WTO compliance panel on Monday ruled an amended U.S. country of origin labeling measure has a detrimental impact on imported Canadian and Mexican livestock.

Web tool aids dairy insurance decisions

- The University of Illinois has developed a market forecast tool to aid dairymen in their decisions regarding the new voluntary Market Protection Plan-Dairy, established by the new farm bill.

NCBA says generic checkoff would fall short

- NCBA and state cattle associations contend a supplemental beef checkoff proposed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack would be detrimental to the beef industry and producers and point out the differences between the current beef-s...

EPA, Jerome Cheese reach settlement

- Jerome Cheese has settled with EPA over alleged Clean Air Act violations at its Jerome, Idaho, plant. The company has agreed to pay an $88,000 penalty but admits no wrongdoing.

Cattleman band together against new checkoff

- Cattlemen are banding together to fight Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack's intention to resolve a stalemeate in the beef industry over amending the national beef checkoff by establishing a supplemental, secondary beef checkoff un...

Hay forecast up in U.S., Northwest

- USDA forecasts a 9.4 percent increase in all U.S. hay production in 2014. The agency also expects a 9 percent increase in hay production in the Northwest and a 1.8 percent increase in drought-stricken California.

Chobani’s non-GMO feed initiative surprises dairymen

- Chobani took Idaho dairymen by surprise in its announcement that it has partnered with Green America, which leads a non-GMO coalition, to explore alternatives to cattle feed produced from GMO crops.

2013 aquaculture census captures $1.

- Washington led total sales of aquaculture products in 2013, jumping up from fifth ranked in 2005, according to USDA's newest Census of Aquaculture. The state was also tops in mollusk sales and third ranked for food fish.

Global beef supplies continue to get tighter

- Tight global supplies of beef will tighten further for the remainder of 2014 and into 2015, but record prices in the beef and cattle complex are firm on unwavering consumer demand.

Rabobank forecasts 12 months of low dairy prices

- Rabobank analysts are forecasting a protracted period of low prices in international and regional dairy markets and a substantial fall in the U.S. market by early 2015.

Dairymen’s checkoff dollars do double duty

- The dairy industry's strategic partnerships with quick-serve restaurants and food brands funded by U.S. dairy farmers through the national dairy checkoff are reaping big results, increasing dairy sales by expanding dairy o...

U.S. butter market likely to melt after holiday buying

- Sky-high U.S. butter prices won't be able to elude world market forces in the months ahead and are expected to head much lower after the holiday buying season and into 2015.

Ag economy’s transition requires closer management

- U.S. agriculture is in transition from a 10-year wealth period, particularly in the grain sector, and will be influenced by a number of factors, including global economies and recession and unrest in Europe.