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Idaho dairies seek to stop activists from filming

Idaho’s $2.5 billion dairy industry went on the offensive Feb. 6 against agricultural espionage, where camera-wielding animal-rights activists spy on farms in hopes of catching cruelty to cows on tape. The legislation, backed by some of the nation’s largest milk ...

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Idaho dairies among farm bill winners

Among Idahoans in agriculture, dairy farmers have a particular reason to be pleased with the farm bill that Congress passed Feb. 4. One of the provisions is a new insurance program that will act as an improved safety net if ...

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Endangered species can relax; law changes unlikely

Republicans in Congress on Feb. 4 called for an overhaul to the Endangered Species Act to curtail environmentalists’ lawsuits and give more power to states, but experts say broad changes to one of the nation’s cornerstone environmental laws are unlikely ...

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Fire closes part of Sun Valley ski area

An overnight fire at Sun Valley Resort’s Bald Mountain ski area in central Idaho closed part of the mountain Feb. 1 and damaged much needed snowmaking equipment. The fire at the top terminal of the rarely used Flying Squirrel Lift ...

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Southern Idaho farmers told to brace for water shutdown

Growers of sugar beets and potatoes in eight counties along southern Idaho’s Snake River could be in jeopardy after a fish hatchery’s complaint that it isn’t getting its fair share of water. Idaho Department of Water Resources’ director Gary Spackman ...

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New York bumps Idaho out of No. 3 milk production spot

The Cuomo administration says New York is back to being one of the nation’s top three states when it comes to milk production. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Jan. 29 that the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirms ...

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Idaho ag employment grows through recession (access required)

Idaho agricultural employment grew nearly 1.3 percent between 2007 and 2013, the Idaho Department of Labor reports. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics excludes agricultural jobs from its employment figures because of the seasonal nature of the work, lack of ...

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Farm bill includes payments to rural counties

The farm bill moving toward approval in Congress includes a one-year extension of a federal program that compensates rural counties for federal lands they can’t tax. About 1,900 local governments — mostly in the West — received a total of ...

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Snow packs no punch: Lingering drought raises fears of Idaho irrigation shortages (access required)

With a crowd of more than 200 agriculture professionals listening, the most optimism a federal water expert could muster concerning southwestern Idaho’s chances of avoiding a drought this growing season was a short, almost pleading sentence loaded with disclaimers. “Hopefully ...

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Glanbia laying off 49 Idaho workers (access required)

Cheese manufacturer Glanbia Foods is laying off 49 people across four of its locations in Idaho. The layoffs account for about 6.8 percent of the company’s Idaho workforce. Glanbia Foods CEO and President Jeff Williams said the company has a ...

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