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Agricultural groups are reviewing U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rule changes for the H-2A-visa foreign agricultural guestworker program including new ways to calculate minimum wages.


The Environmental Protection Agency has not answered U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse’s request to review a study that fingered dairies as the likely cause of an unhealthy level of nitrate in drinking w…


An irrigation district serving farmland and residents in Kennewick and Richland, Wash., says the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is threatening its water supply. The bureau says it is working with …

The value of U.S. dairy exports was up 6% in May year over year, but lost sales in China continue to erode overall value.


A congressman and Washington farm groups are asking Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to reconsider a groundwater-pollution study that has troubled the state’s dairy…

CME-traded block Cheddar closed June Dairy Month at $1.8575 per pound, the highest price since Nov. 23, 2016, up 3 1/4-cents on the week — the sixth week of gain — and 30 1/4-cents above a year ago.

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Difficult times in the dairy industry and lack of a viable safety contributed to a 34% decline in the number of U.S. dairy farms between 2008 and 2018.

Bastian was instrumental in a university program to educate more dairy scientists to fill needed roles in the dairy industry, particularly in the West.

CME cheese prices ended on the first day of summer at the highest levels in the world as traders anticipated the afternoon’s May Cold Storage report.

U.S. milk production is lagging. The Agriculture Department’s latest Milk Production report pegs preliminary May output at a bullish 19.06 billion pounds, down 0.4% from May 2018, the second m…

A northwest Washington dairy will test whether cow manure can be economically purified into water clean enough to put into a river to help salmon.

Legislation allowing low-fat flavored milk in school nutrition programs gives certainty to USDA’s final rule on that option.

The dairy industry is taking the nutritious story of dairy on the road to raise awareness of child hunger and the need to support food banks.

Irrigation districts and individual farmers who get water directly from rivers and are junior water right holders are planning for less water this summer. It shouldn’t be as bad as the drought…

Cash dairy prices ended the shortened Memorial Day holiday week mixed. CME block Cheddar closed the last Friday of the month at $1.7150 per pound, up 3 1/4-cents on the week and 11 3/4-cents a…

Butter prices saw some slippage last Tuesday but rallied to close the week at $2.3875 per pound, up 4 3/4-cents on the week but 2 3/4-cents below a year ago.

Prosecutors in King County, Wash., are reviewing a state audit that alleges a drainage district commissioner and his wife withdrew more than $400,000 in public funds from the district to suppo…

Dairygold Inc. has hired more people in Mexico to improve its operations there and farther south into Latin America.


Hay stocks are down 29% in the Pacific Northwest from a year ago mainly because livestock needed more hay than usual in February and March due to colder than normal weather. Now rain is hamper…

Some students want to find the perfect college. The truth is, there’s no such thing. You can find many colleges at which you’ll be happy and get a great education.


An Eastern Washington dairy, 12 former employees and the United Farmworkers of America have all agreed to walk away from a legal battle after nearly a decade .

The USDA announced the April Federal order Class III benchmark milk price at $15.96 per hundredweight, up 92 cents from March, $1.49 above April 2018, and the highest Class III price since Sep…