Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Idaho & Washington ranked 2 & 3 in West in 2013 net farm income - AgMinute for December 30, 2014

Idaho ranked No. 2 among the 11 Western states for total net farm income in 2013, despite trailing No. 3 Washington in total farm cash receipts by $1.6 billion. California remained an unchallenged No. 1 in both categories. Click here for the full story

Monday, December 29, 2014

S. Korea imports of U.S. dairy products growing - AgMinute for December 29, 2014

Opportunities for U.S. dairy exports to South Korea center mainly on cheese and butter, followed by value-added ingredients such as whey proteins and lactose for food. Click here for the full story

Rabobank: Dairy prices continue downward - AgMinute for December 26, 2014

Rabobank expects further decline in global prices for dairy products in the first half of 2015, a gradual tighting of supply in the second half and price recovery momentum in the fourth quarter. The downturn in U.S. prices has lagged that of other exporting regions, and U.S. recover could lag as well. Click here for the full story

Farm groups hope for clearer food safety regs - AgMinute for December 25, 2014

Food safety rules leave some farm sectors with questions about on-farm processing. Click here for the full story

Federal mediators asked to intervene in port dispute - AgMinute for December 24, 2014

Container terminal operators are asking for federal mediators to intervene in labor contract negotiations with the longshoremen's union. Click here for the full story

Avian flu found in Southern Oregon - AgMinute for December 23, 2014

A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has been found in guinea fowl and chickens in a small backyard flock in Southern Oregon, the state Department of Agriculture said today. Click here for the full story

NASS to send economic surveys to agricultural landowners - AgMinute for December 22, 2014

More than 8,000 agricultural landowners throughout the West are receiving surveys this month from the National Agricultural Statistics Service gauging the economic health of their industries. Click here for the full story

Wheat, other commodities see promise in Cuban trade - AgMinute for December 19, 2014

Commodity group leaders say the outlook for improved relations between the U.S. and Cuba bodes well for Northwestern food producers, especially those who raise hard red winter wheat. Click here for the full story

Producers welcome equipment tax deductions, fuel incentives - AgMinute for December 18, 2014

Farm groups on Wednesday welcomed congressional extension of tax breaks for 2014 equipment purchases and biodiesel production incentives, but said the last-minute action doesn’t solve long-term problems. Click here for the full story

Federal spending bill pays dividends to ag - AgMinute for December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Agricultural advocates say the recently approved $1.1 trillion federal spending bill contains several provisions that are good for farmers. Click here for the full story

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rain above average, but snow lagging in Washington, Oregon - AgMinute for December 16, 2014

Snowpacks are inadequate in Oregon and Washington but Idaho has fared better so far. Click here for the full story

UI, Simplot renew Parma research station agreement - AgMinute for December 15, 2014

J.R. Simplot Co. and University of Idaho have renewed an agreement that has helped the university's Parma research and extension station in Southwestern Idaho remain open. Under the agreement, Simplot provides the Parma station $330,000 a year. Click here for the full story

Congress to review genetically modified food labeling - AgMinute for December 12, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration typically has shied away from the subject, leaving the issue of labeling the genetically modified organisms — foods grown from seeds engineered in labs — to the states. But Congress has weighed in as the food industry has faced a potential patchwork of state laws requiring the labeling. Click here for the full story

Spending bill would add spuds to WIC - AgMinute for December 11, 2014

Potatoes have been included in the WIC nutrition program in a new congressional spending bill. Click here for the full story

Transportation high on 2015 Idaho legislative agenda - AgMinute for December 10, 2014

Various proposals to increase transportation funding will likely be introduced during Idaho's 2015 legislative session, which begins next month, and lawmakers could also be asked to appropriate money for the proposed Bear River Basin water adjudication. Click here for the full story

New UI agronomist eyes water use - AgMinute for December 9, 2014

University of Idaho has a new agronomist with expertise in water-use efficiency at its Aberdeen Research and Extension Center. Click here for the full story

Monday, December 08, 2014

Researcher: Killing wolves can increase livestock conflicts - AgMinute for December 5, 2014

Washington State University wolf researcher Robert Wielgus has released a report that killing wolves leads to increased depredations. Click here for the full story

Full negotiating teams meet over new West Coast port contract - AgMinute for December 4, 2014

Public pressure has been mounting, especially because the movement of cargo — several billion dollars’ worth on an average day, mostly to and from Asia — has been slowed. Click here for the full story

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

U.S. appeal at WTO gives Congress time to fix COOL - AgMinute for December 3, 2014

The U.S. has filed an appeal of the World Trade Organization's second ruling against its country-of-origin meat-labeling regulation, which will give Congress time to amend or repeal the rule in the coming months. Click here for the full story

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Idaho’s wine industry petitions for two new AVAs - AgMinute for December 2, 2014

Idaho's wine industry is excited about the possibility the state could have two new American Viticulture Areas this time next year. Idaho currently has one AVA, which is a federally designated wine growing region. Click here for the full story

Beef supply to tighten in 2015, while general protein supply rises - AgMinute for December 1, 2014

A beef analyst predicts beef supply will be tighter next year, but increased pork and poultry production will lead to an overall increase in animal protein production. Click here for the full story

Idaho wolf depredation down - AgMinute for November 28, 2014

SUN VALLEY, Idaho — Idaho ranchers have seen a decrease in livestock killed by wolves for a second consecutive year, according to Todd Grimm, state director of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Service. Click here for the full story

Deere dips on shaky outlook for fiscal 2015 - AgMinute for November 27, 2014

The world’s biggest farm equipment supplier says its annual net income will drop about 40 percent and revenue from agricultural and turf equipment will fall further than it did in fiscal 2014. Click here for the full story

U.S. dairy exports slow significantly in third quarter - AgMinute for November 26, 2014

U.S. dairy exports slowed significantly during the third quarter of 2014 compared to the first half of the year and they are expected to slow even more during the fourth quarter. However, global dairy demand remains strong and U.S. cheese exports are still a bright spot for the industry. Click here for the full story

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