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U.S. honey production up in 2014, but colony losses continue

- Good conditions boosted U.S. honey production in 2014, but beekeepers are still experiencing high colony losses.

Coalition challenges agencies’ science on sage grouse

- A western coalition of public lands stakeholders has filed formal challenges against three Department of Interior agencies regarding the integrity of the science being used to make decisions about sage grouse conservation.

USDA plans meetings on California federal milk order

- USDA will hold meetings in California in May to provide information on establishing a federal milk marketing order for the state.

Amy’s Kitchen recalls products over possible listeria risk

- Amy's Kitchen has recalled numerous prepared products based on a possible presence of listeria in organic spinach used in those products.

Dairy price outlook not as rosy as futures market

- Dairy analysts warn U.S. dairy suppliers and milk producers against putting too much faith in current futures pricing, which they say is presenting a false "slope of hope."

Seven groups sign off on beef checkoff changes

- Seven of the eight organizations in the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group have signed a memorandum of understanding to add an additional $1 a head to the beef checkoff assessment and change the makeup of the committee...

Producer group: Dairymen must take control

- A dairy producer organization says dairy farmers can help themselves by changng milk production to sustain profitability and calls on dairymen to reclaim control of their co-ops.

Clif Bar breaks ground in southern Idaho

- Clif Bar & Co. broke ground Thursday, March 12, for the Clif Bar Baking Co. in Twinf Falls, Idaho. The company is in need of more organic ingredients, some of which could be provided by local grain growers if milling capab...

Idaho food-trout sales up 19 percent in 2014

- Idaho's production and sale of food-size trout was up substantially in 2014, most likely due to facilities coming back on line, say industry insiders.

Asia investing in Oceania dairy sector

- Last year brought a flurry of Asian investments into the Oceania dairy sector, but China and Southeast Asia will have to look beyond Oceania to meet gorwing demand for milk and dairy products.

BYD virus confirmed in Burley area

- Barley Yellow dwarf virus has been found in winter barley in south-central Idaho.

U.S. attorney settles wildfire lawsuit with rancher

- The U.S. Attorney's office has settled a lawsuit against sheep producer John Faulkner of Gooding, Idaho, for fire suppressions costs on federal land.

Sheep industry fears loss of herder H-2A visa provisions

- Sheep producers are concerned that a rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor regarding special provisions for open-range livestock herders through the H-2A visa program could make open-range operations unviable.

Industry needs to protect hay production for sensitive markets

- Adoption of genetically engineered hay and the need to protect hay for GE-sensitive markets requires successful coexistence of GE and non-GE production.

Idaho dairy group prepares future leaders

- United Dairymen of Idaho has revamped its dairy ambassador program to add leadership and communications training to equip future industry leaders.

Meat Institute wants more time to comment on dietary guidelines

- North American Meat Institute has formally requested an extension of the comment period for a scientific report recommending Americans lower their intake of red and processed meat. The report will form the basis of updated ...

Analyst expects lower alfalfa hay prices in 2015

- Alfalfa hay pricesin the West are expected lower in 2015 on much lower milk prices, but other factures -- such as continued drought in California and dry conditions in other western states -- could keep them from dropping s...

Low-lignin alfalfa eases quality/yield trade-off

- Low lignin alfalfa varieties could solve growers' dilemma of harvesting for quality or yield and provide harvest flexibility to avoid rain.

Forecast: Seeds, nuts top ‘superfoods’ for 2015

- Seeds and nuts will top the list of "what's in" when it comes to healthy eating in 2015. Kale, coconut products, Greek yogurt and avocados will also prevail. Consumers are also welcoming fat back into their diets, according...

Women in Agriculture focuses on marketing

- The 4th Annual Women in Agriculture Conferece in the Pacific Northwest focused on marketing and branding, highlighting a successful direct marketing operation in Washington's Walls Walla Valley.

Beef, pork groups critical of dietary recommendations

- Beef and pork organizations are urging USDA and Department of Human Health to acknowledge the role of lean meat in a healthy diet following a recommendation by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that Americans l...

Boise company first to export meat to Myanmar

- Boise-based Agri Beef became the first U.S. company to ship meat to Myanmar, a developing country in Southeast Asia.

Analysts: Hay prices at point of no return

- Despite short-term challenges in the western hay market, global demand for quality hay and production constraints will continue upward pressure on prices.

Rabobank explores cow-calf confinement to rebuild beef herd

- Limited land for grazing will challenge cow-calf producers' efforts to expand the beef herd, but viable alternitive production methods can be found in confined and semi-confined systems, according to Rabobank.

USDA projects four years of declining milk prices

- USDA is forecasting a large drop in milk prices this year followed by three years of slower declines before stabilizing. Domestic use and exports of dairy products are forecast for continued growth.

Analyst expects contra-seasonal market trend

- A Cattlefax analyst says despite tight supplies in the beef industry, other factors are pointing to a contra-seasonal market trend in the cattle business.

Agreement raises hopes for beef checkoff reform

- Efforts to increase the beef checkoff assessment seem to be gaining momentum after they were stalled last fall due to disagreements over program governance.

Ranchers critical to sage grouse conservation, report shows

- The partnership between ranchers and USDA through the Sage Grouse Initiative is demonstrating success for sage grouse and working landscapes.

Second-half slowdown curbs 2014 dairy exports

- U.S. dairy exports were up 6 percent year over year in 2014 with a significant slump in the second half of the year tempering aggressive buying in the first half of the year.

U.S. hide, skin, leather exports hit record in 2014

- U.S. exports of hides, skins and semi-processed leather topped $2.85 billion in 2014, breaking the previous record set in 2013, with the majority of product going to China.

Idaho ag exports double over six years

- Idaho has doubled its agricultural exports since 2007, growing to nearly $2.6 billion in 2013.

COOL challengers drop lawsuit against USDA

- Meatpackers and their allis have dropped a July 2013 lawsuit against USDA to block implementation of country of origin labeling

California dairy co-ops petition for federal marketing order

- California dairy co-ops petition USDA to allow the state's milk producers to operate under a federal milk marketing order rather than their state milk-pricing system.

Idaho Ag Dept. requests funding for 6 new positions

- The Idaho Agriculture Department is requesting additional funding and spending authority for six new positions to meet growing demand from the state's ag industries.

Organic agriculture has room to grow in Idaho

- Organic food companies new to Idaho could provide future opportunities for Idaho organic growers, but growers might have to adapt to meet the companies' needs.

Beef herd expansion more aggressive than anticipated

- USDA's Jan. 1 cattle inventory report brought several surprises to industry watchers, revealing signs of faster-than-anticipated beef herd expansion.

Agencies withdraw controversial Clean Water Act rule

- Federal agencies have withrawn controversial guidelines pertaining to agricultural exemptions for discharge permits under the Clean Water Act.

Dairy processors promote overhaul of milk pricing

- Dairy processors have adopted policy to promote changing regulated milk pricing in the U.S. to market-based pricing, noting advantages in othe rprice- deregulated countries.