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Beef, pork want equal scrutiny for lab-grown meat

- Livestock groups say meat grown in a laboratory should face the same oversight, inspection and labeling requirements as conventional beef and pork.

Livestock groups balk at FDA claim to ‘fake meat’

- FDA is claiming jurisdiction over animal cell-culture technology, drawing objection from beef and pork producers and criticism from dairy producers.

Aquifer recharge, other efforts paying off

- Abundant precipitation, recharge efforts and reduced water use boosted the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer by 1.7 million acre-feet this past winter, after increasing it by 660,000 acre-feet the year before.

New cold storage facility will serve McCain Foods

- The new facility is fully automated and comparable in size to a professional football stadium.

Export picture promising, but tariffs loom, analyst says

- The U.S. has alienated its three largest dairy customers, but middlemen could keep exports flowing.

Japanese businessmen look for opportunity in Idaho

- The Japanese companies represent a larger group of about 100 Asian businesses looking to grow their markets.

Twilight tour to highlight agricultural research

- The July 18 event will include a catered dinner, live music, field tours, research exhibits and activities for children.

U.S.-Mexico dispute could threaten reputation of U.S. dairy

- Trade uncertainty between the U.S. and Mexico will likely have Mexico looking elsewhere for dairy products and could cast the U.S. as an unreliable trade partner.

New tariffs chill U.S. beef export potential

- U.S. beef is being hit with retaliatory tariffs by Canada and China, which will raise prices to importers and send them shopping elsewhere.

Tariffs kick in, dampening agriculture outlook

- Uncertainty around trade, from tariffs to strained relations with NAFTA partners, is escalating concerns for U.S. agriculture.

China, Mexico tariffs would hammer U.S. meat exports

- The retaliatory tariffs come at an inopportune time for the growing U.S. pork industry and the U.S. beef industry that is trying to develop inroads to China’s beef market.

Districts bring conservation efforts down to earth

- Soil and water districts, NRCS work with farmers, ranchers to benefit land, streams.

Economists: Trade threats weigh on dairy markets

- Trade threat by Mexico and China, in response to U.S. tariffs on imports from those countries, are overriding fundamentals in place for higher milk prices.

Ag groups cheer Senate passage of farm bill

- Farm groups are pleased with the Senate’s passage of a farm bill and say they will continue to advocate for improvements through the conference process.

University of Idaho highlights numerous crop research projects

- Researchers at the Kimberley Research and Extension Center are drilling down into weed and insect control in potatoes, sugar beets, dry beans and small grains.

Farmer visit showcases uniqueness of Idaho ag

- Growers from cotton-growing regions in the U.S. are touring Idaho agriculture in a leadership exchange program through the National Cotton Council.

Landscape shifting for export hay, analyst says

- The export hay industry in the Northwest is responding to declining hay production in California by putting in new presses and expanding acreage.

Governors recommend specific ESA reforms

- Recommended reforms of the Endangered Species Act would allow collaborative conservation efforts time to work.

Wyoming develops unique solutions to water supply

- Public input was the key to garnering support for Wyoming’s water strategy, which includes improvements to existing dams and building small reservoirs.

Competition for water demands foresight, Idaho House speaker says

- Idaho’s economic growth and expanding population are putting pressure on water supplies, demanding continued commitment from the state Legislature to properly plan for the future.

Reclamation chief revitalizes agency’s infrastructure mission

- It’s a new day at the Bureau of Reclamation with the agency focusing on water infrastructure projects, according to the top administrator.

Tough new trespass law brings implications for agriculture

- Idaho’s new trespass law makes entering a property a punishable offense, which would legally apply to irrigation district employees taking a shortcut to reach a headgate.

Meat exports post strong gains in April

- While U.S. pork and beef exports set records in April, pork exports to Mexico could falter going forward due to Mexico’s retaliatory tariffs on imported U.S. pork.

April dairy exports break record

- U.S. dairy exports surged to an all-time high in April, but retaliatory tariffs on U.S. cheese by Mexico could put a dent in exports there.

USDA green lights California’s new federal milk marketing system

- California’s dairy industry will begin operating under the federal milk marketing order system on Nov. 1.

UI sets annual research tours at Aberdeen, Kimberly

- The morning tours will review research into weed and insect control and crop tolerance and response to herbicides.

Dairy can learn from alternative sectors, experts say

- Communicating with consumers on an emotional level rather than trying to convince them with facts is a good place to start, they say.

Analysts expect some liquidation of U.S. beef cow herd

- Without rain soon, the continuing drought in cattle country is going to put a dent in beef cow numbers. The dry conditions also forced calves into feedlots earlier than usual, resulting in large supplies of fed cattle this ...

Concerns over U.S. tariffs continue to grow

- The Trump administration has removed the tariff exemption on imports of steel and aluminum from Mexico, Canada and the EU, raising concerns of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports.

Land O’Lakes chief executive to retire

- Policinski, who has led the company since 2005, will retire at the end of June.

Agriculture caught in U.S.-China trade dispute

- The back and forth on tariff threats with China has left U.S. agriculture in a tenuous wait-and-see position.

As expected, spring feedlot placements down

- While the roll of cattle into feedlots has slowed, a large amount of early-placed cattle will be coming out of feedlots this summer and pressuring prices.

Speaker encourages women in agriculture to find their strengths

- Women need to identify their strengths and apply those strengths in leadership roles to make their operations more efficient and effective.

Dairy lenders look to the long game

- Northwest Farm Credit Services and Rabo AgriFinance maintain dairy lending through tough times and intend to continue that long-term strategy.

Senate bill would ease restrictions on livestock haulers

- The bill provides flexibility in drive-time restrictions for truckers hauling livestock and insects.