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Federal land-use plans miss mark, limit access

- State and industry stakeholders in sage grouse conservation contend new federal land-use plans that ignore local input, proven success and the real threats to the species would needlessly restrict access to public land.

Animal agriculture showcases advances

- A new report by the Animal Agriculture Alliance highlights advances the industry is making in animal care, food safety and environmental sustainability.

Volatility plagues U.S. cattle markets

- Volatility in cash and futures markets and the wide spread between the two are making things difficult for U.S. cattle producers.

NW ag, forestry, fisheries pack economic punch

- The natural resources sector in the five-state Northwest region accounts for more than 12 cents of every dollar generated and 1 in 10 jobs of the entire regional economy.

USDA continues to prime trade with Cuba

- With its close proximity to the U.S., Cuba offers plenty of opportunity for agricultural exports, with particularly high potential for rice, fruits and vegetables, livestock and ag equipment.

Meat, poultry industry fuels economic activity

- The economic impact of the U.S. meat and poultry industry is far reaching, accounting for 5.4 million jobs nationwide and more than $1 trillion in economic output.

S. Idaho agribusiness success has deep roots

- The Magic Valley of Southern Idaho is booming with new and expanding agribusinesses, due to a pro-business attitude and teamwork.

High court’s Rangen decision leaves uncertainty

- A decision by the Idaho Supreme Court changes has raised questions about how senior water right holders will be treated in future water calls.

Sustainability policy won’t threaten existing water rights, board member says

- The policy focuses on active stewarship to ensure current uses and provide for future needs.

Farm Bureau busy ahead of presidential election

- Farm Bureau says both presidential campaigns need to pay attention to the concerns of farmers and ranchers, who consistently show up for elections.

Livestock producers weigh in on Trump, Clinton

- Livestock producers are tallying the pros and kinds of presidential candidates, saying it's stacking up to be a close race.

Arizona equipment dealer buys Christiansen Implement

- Christiansen Implement, based in American Falls, Idaho, has been operating as a John Deere dealership since 1962.

Idaho man gets 3 years in prison for organic fraud

- Organic fraud case involved the sale of more than 2.1 million pounds of alfalfa seed.

U.S. meat exports sluggish but improving

- U.S. meat exports have faced strong head winds in international markets, but there's reason for optimism going forward.

Former ICA chief dies

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Sara Braasch Schmidt, 45, former executive vice president of the Idaho Cattle Association, died June 5 at her home.

Braasch Schmidt first worked at ICA as its special projects director from 1992 to 1995. She return...

Idaho man gets 3 years in prison for organic fraud

- The seed dealer sold conventional alfalfa seed as organic.

Filer youth chosen as Fuel Up to Play 60 ambassador

- Passion for a healthy lifestyle earns Filer student role as Idaho ambassador for Fuel Up To Play 60.

Organic ag ‘hotspots’ boost local economies

- New research on organic hotspots finds a higher economic benefit to local communities than previously thought and a higher economic benefit than general agricultural hotspots.

Meadow Gold recalls cream products

- The recall involves approximately 10,000 units distributed in Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Utah.

DFA considers joint processing operation

- Three Midwest cooperatives are considering joint operation of a Michigan cheese plant.

Clif Bar recalls product containing sunflower kernels

- A supplier has recalled sunflower seeds that are ingredients in three varieties of energy and trail mix bars.

USDA streamlines producer crop acreage reporting

- USDA is trying to reduce the amount of time farmers and ranchers spend reporting duplicate crop-acreage information with a system that electronically shares information between agencies.

Beekeepers struggle to keep ag buzzing

- Beekeepers have to work harder to keep their honeybee hives viable as bee losses continue.

Idaho FFA youths rewarded for outreach

- Four FFA chapters in south-central Idaho have won a grant to support their ongoing ag literacy outreach with youngsters.

Bastian new VP for industry relations at United Dairymen of Idaho

- Before joining UDI, Eric Bastian served as vice president of research and development for Glanbia Nutritionals and Glanbia Foods.

CDFA permanently raises whey value in milk pricing

- Dairymen say the decision is good but it won't keep dairies from going out of business due to mounting losses.

U.S. organic food, fiber sales booming

- U.S. organic sales in the U.S. thrived in 2015 but could have been even more robust with sufficient supply, an issue the industry is addressing.

Chobani celebrates Idaho expansion

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho – Greek yogurt continued to roll off the assembly line at a capacity of 40,000 cups per hour as Chobani officials, state and local dignitaries and Idaho dairymen gathered to celebrate the company...

PerforMix celebrates new feed-supplement production facility

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RUPERT, Idaho — PerforMix Nutrition Systems, a liquid and dry feed-supplement and livestock-nutrition company, christened its new production facility in Rupert with tours, speeches and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on...

Poll finds solid support for crop insurance

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Federal crop insurance often gets a bad rap in the press and on Capitol Hill, especially when substantial payouts are made to help offset some of the losses farmers suffer when commodity prices tank.

But a new poll...

USDA expects normal, but significant fire season

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While a “normal” wildfire season is expected in most of the country, that new normal is far worse than it used to be and will still mean thousands of fires and hundreds of thousands of charred acres, partic...

Food survey reveals perceptions about ag

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It’s probably no surprise to farmers and ranchers that the media holds the biggest influence on consumers’ nutritional beliefs and food-consumption decisions — or that taste, price and healthfulness ...

California losing dairies, cows, production as prices fall

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Thirty-two dairies were put out of business last year as the cost of production exceeded milk prices month after month in the Golden State.

Production costs increased 2.1 percent year over year to $17.78 per hundre...

U.S. lamb regains access to Taiwan

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U.S. lamb and lamb products should soon be making their way to Taiwanese markets after 13 years of denied access.

Lamb’s long hiatus from Taiwan and other key markets began with the December 2003 discovery o...

Water conference highlights potential dam removal

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The Idaho Water Users Association’s annual Summer Water Law and Resource Issues Seminar will center on the recent ruling by a federal district judge in Oregon striking down the current salmon recovery plan.

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Cow-calf returns lower, but still positive

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Returns for cow-calf operations will be lower this year, after last year’s record-high cattle prices fell back to Earth, but most producers’ balance sheets will still be sporting black, an agricultural econ...

Idaho rancher re-elected to American Lamb Board

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Diane Josephy Peavey, a sheep rancher and writer from Hailey, Idaho, has been re-elected vice chairman of the American Lamb Board, according to a Lamb Board press release.

The co-owner of Flat Top Sheep Co., Peavey...

HSUS forms national ag advisory council

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The Humane Society of the United States has formed a national agriculture advisory council.

The council includes family farmers and ranchers who practice and promote higher animal welfare standards at their operati...

U.S. milk production pushes ahead

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March milk production in the 23 major states was up 1.8 percent year over year on 19,000 additional cows and the highest production per cow for the March since USDA’s reporting series began in 2003.

Total pr...

Analysts: Higher placements into feedlots to continue

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Cattle on feed for slaughter increased about 1 percent year over year on April 1, and although placements into feedlots were lower than market analysts expected, they represent the second consecutive month of a year-over...