More flowers planted around crops bees are pollinating would help combat Colony Collapse Disorder, a bee scholar told Northwest cherry growers. Click here for the full story
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Congressional farm bill negotiators have been working nearly continuously to broker a compromise between House and Senate versions of the $500 billion measure. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
The Idaho Beef Council will debut a new commercial during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Click here for the full story
Cattle and beef prices continue to set records. A tight supply of cattle due to a declining calf crop for 17 years in a row is becoming even tighter with cattlemen retaining heifers in an attempt to rebuild the herd. Click here for the full story
The costs of shipping hay from Seattle and Tacoma versus Los Angeles continues to hurt Pacific Northwest hay producers, exporters said at a hay conference. Click here for the full story
House urges Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to allow whilte potatoes to be purchased using WIC coupons. Click here for the full story
Prices for dairy products and milk are high on very tight global supplies. Adverse weather conditions in Europe and New Zealand and high feed costs in major exporting regions set the stage for strong markets and strong U.S. exports. Click here for the full story
Rules proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would greatly expand the agency’s regulatory reach, potentially requiring water pollution permits for farming activity near ditches or across areas of pooled water that might seep into streams. Click here for the full story
SAN ANTONIO — The way Bob Stallman sees it, the issues facing the American Farm Bureau Federation are like items on the chore list his dad used to assign. The expectation is that they will get done. Period. Click here for the full story
USDA has permanently lifted the weekly limits on proteins and grains in school lunches. Problems with the limits, implemented in July 2012, quickly created problems for schools, their suppliers and students and a temporary lifting of the limits has been in place since December 2012. Click here for the full story
Amalgamated Sugar Co. has asked its growers to slightly reduce their planted sugar beet acres this season due to an oversupply of sugar on the market. Click here for the full story
Government payments to Idaho farmers and ranchers dropped 17 percent in 2013 to $105 million, continuing a 13-year slide. Idaho farmers are much less dependent on government payments than the average U.S. farmer. Click here for the full story
The 2014 Idaho Hay and Forage Association conference will put a special emphasis on discussions regarding GMO crops. The conference, set for Feb. 27 and 28 in Burley, will also include presentations on trends, markets, varieties, weeds and irrigation. Click here for the full story
China's milk-production crisis and its insatiable need for milk powder has kept global dairy prices elevated for the past six months, following the price hikes resulting from a drought in New Zealand last spring. Elevated prices are expected to continue until world milk production grows to meet demand. Click here for the fu
Idaho farmers and ranchers pulled in a record amount of cash receipts in 2013, the third consecutive record year for Gem State agriculture. Net farm income, though, was down slightly compared with 2012. Click here for the full story
There is very little carryover water in most reservoirs in the Treasure Valley area and the region’s farmers are depending on above-normal snowpack levels to prevent another tight water year in 2014. Click here for the full story
Greater availability of forage and feed will bring significant relief in feed prices in the near term, said Wilson Gray, University of Idaho extension livestock economists. Feed prices will moderate in the short term and decrease even further with another good crop year, he said. Click here for the full story
Farmers should continue to see more money available for borrowing from more lenders in 2014 because agriculture has been doing so well, said Fred DePell, executive vice president of financial services for Northwest Farm Credit Services in Spokane, Wash. Click here for the full story
Agricultural economists expect overall farm income in the United States to be down in 2014. But they also point out that’s compared with 2013, which is projected by the USDA to be another record year for farm income. Click here for the full story
Overcapacity in fertilizer production is likely to keep prices reasonable in 2014 compared to the high rates seen in recent years, according to an industry analyst. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com
High cattle and beef prices to continue in 2014 as beef supplies tighten due to strong global demand and herd rebuilding. Beef supplies are expected to rise only slightly globally and decline sharply in the U.S. Click here for the full story
Idaho and Oregon onion farmers are happy that FDA officials will significantly alter some of their proposed new food safety rules, including one that would require weekly water testing. Click here for the full story
Dairy producers in most exporting countries have stepped up production in response to high milk prices and falling feed costs. China, however, has mopped up those increases, and dairy product and milk prices will remain exceptionally strong at least through the first half of 2014. Several factors are expected to keep a reig
Declining U.S. lamb consumption and competition from overseas have spurred the U.S. lamb industry into action. A collaborative effort among all sectors has identified threats to the industy's future and developed strategies to address the threats and put the industry on a path to viability. Click here for the full story
The Food and Drug Administration says it will revise sweeping new food safety rules proposed earlier this year after farmers complained the rules could hurt business. Click here for the full story
Farm groups have teamed up with Gov. Butch Otter to create a canal safety campaign designed to help prevent the canal-related deaths that occur in Idaho each year.
The federal government has decided to keep high tariffs on Ukrainian exports of ammonium nitrate even though the fertilizer is now cheaper to produce in the U.S. The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that dropping the tariffs would likely cause "material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time" to domestic f
The beef-processing company that makes the product that critics call "pink slime" continues to struggle more than a year after the initial stories on the lean bits of beef that Beef Products Inc. makes.
Federal standards for the welfare of egg-laying hens suffered a defeat when they failed to make it into the farm bill legislation voted out of the agriculture committees in the U.S. House and Senate.
The USDA hasn't taken proper enforcement measures against slaughterhouses that violate food safety and animal welfare laws, according to an internal agency audit.