Carol Ryan Dumas
Southern Idaho Reporter
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...
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, ...
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 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.
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
- FFA members work to set children on the right track in understanding agriculture and advocating for its sustainability.
- 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 teachers shared their experiences with potential newcomers to the profession during a workshop at the Idaho State FFA Leadership Conference on Thursday.
- 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.
- 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 ...
- 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.
- Brazil's beef exports are on the rise, driven by Chinese markets and weak domestic demand.
- The FBI investigation into the sales of phoney organic alfalfa seed started with a state inspector.
- 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.
- A Bliss farmer has pleaded guilty to charges of fraudulently labeling seed as organic.
- USDA is conducting an independent review of the contract. No settlement talks are taking place, a spokeswoman says.
- 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.
- USDA's actions and evasiveness have U.S. pork producers concerned over the future of pork promotions in the checkoff program.
- USDA announced yesterday it will allow producer-funded checkoff dollars to be used to build agricultural relations in Cuba.
- Kendal Frazier has been named CEO of National Cattlmen's Beef Association after serving as interim CEO for the past eight months.
- Behavioral assessment can identify a person's communication style and help farmers adapt to the style of others to improve communication.
- 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 is expanding its Twin Falls operation to meet growing demand for its products and to launch new lines.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Idaho Water Resource Board is moving ahead with several aquifer recharge projects in the upper and lower Snake River basins.
- Lower nitrogen recommendations for sugar beet production are a result of improved genetics and nitrogen management.
- Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization has tapped a marketing specialist from Idaho State University as its new executive director.
- 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.
- Western Governors' Association panel sees the best opportunity for improvements in regard to the Endangered Species Act through administrative policy.
- 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.
- 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...
- 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.