Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Eco-terrorist sentenced in arson case - AgMinute for January 29, 2014

Rebecca Rubin was sentenced to five years in prison for her part in a series of eco-terrorist attacks around the West. Click here for the full story

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

House, Senate leaders wrapping up farm bill work - AgMinute for January 28, 2014

House and Senate agriculture leaders Monday were wrapping up a deal on a massive farm bill that has been more than two years in the making. Click here for the full story

Nutrition facts label gets a makeover - AgMinute for January 27, 2014

After 20 years, the FDA plans to change the nutrition label that appears on processed foods. The revised label is expected to make the calorie listing more prominent. Click here for the full story

Friday, January 24, 2014

Save the bees, plant flowers - AgMinute for January 24, 2014

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

Farm Bill: closing in on a deal? - AgMinute for January 23, 2014

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

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Idaho beef commercial to launch during Olympics - AgMinute for January 22, 2014

The Idaho Beef Council will debut a new commercial during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Click here for the full story

Cattle, beef prices on the rise - AgMinute for January 21, 2014

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

Hay growers urged to support ports - AgMinute for January 20, 2014

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

Congress wants more potatoes in WIC - AgMinute for January 17, 2014

House urges Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to allow whilte potatoes to be purchased using WIC coupons. Click here for the full story

Dairy markets ride high - AgMinute for January 16, 2014

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

Potential water pollution permit requirements? - AgMinute for January 15, 2014

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

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Farm Bureau president pushes for farm bill - AgMinute for January 14, 2014

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

Let them eat lunch - AgMinute for January 13, 2014

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 asks growers to reduce acreage - AgMinute for January 10, 2014

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

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Government tightens purse strings - AgMinute for January 9, 2014

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

Idaho hay conference to explore GMO issues - AgMinute for January 8, 2014

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

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Chinese dairy imports push up prices - AgMinute for January 7, 2014

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 full story

2013 record year for Idaho farm receipts - AgMinute for January 6, 2014

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

Treasure Valley water supply situation bleak - AgMinute for January 3, 2014

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

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Feed price relief in sight - AgMinute for January 2, 2014

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

More money from more lenders in 2014 - AgMinute for January 1, 2014

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

2014 farm income predictions - AgMinute for December 31, 2013

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

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