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Rendering plant planned for S. Idaho

- A rendering plant proposed for Jerome, Idaho, to service dairies and feedlots is contingent upon rezoning and a special use permit, which will be considered at public meetings in mid-May.

School kids say ‘yes’ to Greek yogurt

- USDA responds to demand for Greek yogurt in schools, making it available in the National School Lunch program.

Idaho rancher uncovers intrigue in family history

- Family secrets and intrigue turn up in an attic of an old rock house occupied by a series of family members of a well respected southern Idaho ranching family.

Organic farmers celebrate growth, visit Capitol

- Organic producers look to spur additional growth with USDA and congressional support.

Chobani founder joins trade mission to Cuba

- Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya participated in a trade mission to Cuba this week, hoping to lay the foundation for mutual trust and respect.

Ranchers help themselves with photo monitoring

- An MOU between BLM and the Idaho Agriculture Department will allow ranchers to do their own rangeland photo monitoring for data used in grazing permit renewal decisions.

FDA provides evidence of milk safety

- FDA testing underscores safety of U.S. milk supply, effectiveness of regulatory sytem and high rate of compliance.

Producer-handlers raise concerns over Calif. FMMO

- California producer-handlers of milk contend losing their long-time exemption from pooling some of their milk would put their businesess at risk. That risk lies in a proposal by co-ops to establish a federal milk marketing ...

Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame honor inductees

- Inductees to the Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame, which began in 1960, were honored April 14 in Twin Falls.

Analyst: Cow/calf producers in for another good year

- Cattle prices are expected to moderate in the second half of the year but remain high, putting average annual prices in 2015 higher than 2014.

Calif. processors say FMMO hearing unwarranted

- USDA has received three alternative proposals to three co-ops' proposal to establish a federal milk marketing order for California.

USDA posts alternative proposals for Calif. milk marketing order

- Three alternative proposals to establish a federal milk marketing orderfor California have been submitted to USDA and are available for viewing.

New Idaho FFA officers aspire to inspire

- New state FFA officers step up to the plate in Idaho following elections at the state conference at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls on Saturday.

Idaho FFA spreads ag literacy

- Looking to the future, FFA members educate children about agriculture through a service event during the Idaho State Leadership Conference in Twin Falls.

Calif. milk processors want voluntary pooling

- Dairy Institute of California, representing dairy processors, has filed am alternative proposal to that submitted by dairy co-ops in petitioning USDA to allow the state to join the federal milk marketing order system.

Rural communities vie for prize to revitalize

- Nearly 20 rural communities in the Pacific Northwest and California are competing to win $10 million in funding to revitalize their communities.

Western hay growers face challenges

- Western hay growers see challenges ahead for this year's crop. Early spring and water concerns in some areas are making the season hard to predict.

Calif. producers weigh in on federal milk order

- USDA meetings in May will review producer and processors proposals for a federal milk marketing order in California.

Vilsack: Enormous opportunity hinges on trade deal, TPA

- Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is critical to finalizing five years of negotiations in the Tran- Pacific Partnership, and U.S. small business owners need to speak in support of both the enormous opportunity and TPA, accor...

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...