The Idaho Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee voted March 2 to send a dairy nutrient-testing bill to the full Senate with a do-pass recommendation.
Global dairy traders triggered some shock waves Tuesday as the morning’s Global Dairy Trade auction skyrocketed 15.0%, the biggest increase since Nov. 1, 2016, when it jumped 11.4%, and is the…
Volatility, uncertainty and the speed at which farms need to adjust bring additional risks for dairies this year.
OLYMPIA — Exempting Washington farmers from paying overtime wages has a racist history and undoing its legacy won’t be “easy or cheap,” a Seattle senator said in an email to other senators Feb. 24.
MOSCOW, Idaho — The increase in frequency and intensity of wildfires the past 20 years has prompted studies on the impact of wildfire smoke exposure to human health. But little research has be…
She takes over the reins from Tom Vilsack, who has just been appointed secretary of agriculture in the Biden administration.
Milk is flowing in the U.S. but perhaps not as much as might have been thought. The Agriculture Department’s preliminary data reports U.S. output in the first month of 2021 totaled 19.2 billio…
While alfalfa acres were down 3% in the U.S. in 2020 compared with the 10-year average, there have been some big declines in western states over time.
Washington was the exception due to more alfalfa acres, lower demand from the Middle East and tough times for dairies..
On top of labor availability, dairy farmers are facing changing overtime and minimum-wage regulations.
Greek yogurt maker Chobani is bringing social issues to the forefront through a virtual Child Hunger Summit and the “Moving Humanity Forward” documentary on refugees.
On his first day in office, President Joe Biden told Congress he was ready to make immigration reform a top priority. How would it impact agricultural workers?
Plans to reopen Oregon's second-largest dairy remain unchanged, despite the new owners — a prominent farm family based in southeast Washington — facing allegations of fraud by Tyson Foods.
Cash dairy prices at the CME were mostly lower the second week of February. The Cheddar blocks jockeyed a bit but closed Friday at $1.5575 per pound, down 8.25 cents on the week and 26.25 cent…
The Senate labor committee Monday passed a bill calling on every farm employer in Washington to go back three years and pay workers time-and-a-half for overtime.
Legislation to give all Washington farmworkers overtime pay and compensate them for back wages, while giving producers a defense from multi-million-dollar lawsuits emerged Friday afternoon.
Washington farmers could get protection from overtime lawsuits, but only if farm groups negotiate "appropriate living wages" for farmworkers, under a bill introduced Wednesday in the House.
Farmers, processors and grocers are encouraging Oregon lawmakers to restore food safety funding with general tax revenues rather than sharply increase maximum fees on their industries.
Dairy organizations involved in Dairy Checkoff efforts elect new officers.
MONMOUTH, Ore. — A farmer-owned organic dairy cooperative is experimenting with satellite technology to improve rotational pasture grazing.
Cheese exports held steady despite volatile prices and decreased demand from Mexico.
The Agriculture Department announced the January Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $16.04 per hundredweight, up 32 cents from December but $1.01 below January 2020.
The application deadline is May 7.
Under House Bill 1076, private parties could pursue in court allegations that the Washington Department of Labor and Industries declined to investigate.
There’s a lot of mistrust in both parties and skepticism over what can be accomplished.
Raw butter sales would be legalized in Oregon under a bill that supporters claim will offer new options to dairy farmers and consumers without sacrificing food safety.
Northwest Farm Credit Services has donated $2 million to the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UI announced Feb. 2.
Cash dairy prices came under pressure the last week of January as traders weighed the week’s Milk Production and Cold Storage data.
The government is injecting a lot of uncertainty into dairy markets with its unclear intentions on intervention.
Tyson Foods is suing an Eastern Washington beef supplier for allegedly defrauding the company out of more than $225 million by falsifying records and submitting fake invoices for more than 200…
OLYMPIA — Several Washington farmers testified on Jan. 28 they could be bankrupted by lawsuits seeking back wages for workers after the state Supreme Court granted farmworkers overtime pay.
While the COVID-19 pandemic captured the dairy industry’s focus as it pivoted to manage extreme market disruptions, there are changes ahead to keep an eye on, an industry leader says.
Washington farm groups are asking state lawmakers to help agriculture employers fend off lawsuits that retroactively seek overtime pay for farmworkers.
A "yes" vote would sunset the program on March 1, 2025.
Increased cow numbers and increased output per cow drove December milk production well above December 2019.
The organization will be focused on climate legislation, labor, trade, child nutrition and the next farm bill.
The industry developed a plan early on to address worker safety, keeping the supply chain intact, help producers and processors and keep people fed.
The International Dairy Foods Association will be focused on a host of issues in the new Congress and administration.
The Capital Press asked several farmers and ranchers to imagine they were sitting across a table from Biden. What would they tell the new president, if given that chance?
President Joe Biden plans to introduce a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration.
While the outlook is better for dairy markets than it was in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still uncertainties ahead.
The pandemic has thrown milk pricing out of whack, revealing a shortcoming in the Class I price mover.
Lower cheese exports contributed to the decline in export value.
Cash cheese prices started the first week of 2021 with the blocks losing 3.25 cents last Monday and the barrels were down 6 cents. Then came Tuesday’s GDT and the USDA food box program announc…
UI says record high would have occurred even without government payments. Dairy herd grows.
McMINNVILLE, Ore. — Organic Valley, a farmer-owned dairy cooperative and organic food brand, has added a fat-free variety of milk to its grass-fed product line.
General Mills and MilkPEP are promoting the benefits of cereal and milk.
With only moderate growth in the global milk supply expected, the question is whether demand will return to normal.
The Federal order benchmark Class III milk price ended 2020 sharply lower and well below a year ago.
The new hire brings more than 10 years of journalism experience to the Greek yogurt company.
For the past 20 years, Deanne Meyer has led workshops helping farmers determine the optimal herd size for manure and nitrogen management on California’s 1,300 dairy farms.
Milk prices are expected to be well below the futures market forecast.
Domestic dairy sales were only down 1% through September.
U.S. butter stocks fell again in November but were still well above those of a year ago.
High milk prices produce high milk production, and preliminary data in the USDA’s November Milk Production report proves that.