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Congress eyes milk prices, politics in farm talks

The fight over renewing the nation’s farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk prices. Members of the House and Senate weree ...

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PCA’s acquisition of Boise Inc. complete; PCA will keep Boise paper brand (access required)

The Chicago-based Packaging Corp. of America has completed its acquisition of Boise Inc., a $1.28 billion deal announced in mid-September. A top official with Boise Inc. said the acquisition would affect the company’s Boise corporate office, but would only have ...

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BPA hiring scandal could increase federal oversight of the utility

The Pacific Northwest’s abundant, low-cost hydropower has for decades been the envy of other regions, powering local economies by attracting lucrative industries — from the aluminum smelters that produced the skins of World War II fighter jets to the server ...

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Report: Idaho saw more acres burned last year than any other state (access required)

Wildfires burned more acreage in Idaho – 1.66 million acres – last year than in any other state, according to an Oct. 10 report from the national information service CoreLogic. But despite the large number of acres burned, Idaho sustained ...

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Report: BPA hiring put veterans at disadvantage

Federal officials have released a report blasting the Bonneville Power Administration for “widespread and pervasive” hiring practices that discriminated against veterans and other applicants. The report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s inspector general follows a highly critical audit in ...

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Cascade Raft and Kayak plans renovation (access required)

Cascade Raft and Kayak, a family-owned company that takes rafters down the whitewater of the Payette River, saw its customer visits rise about 15 percent this summer. Office manager Anne Long, part of the family that owns the business, estimated ...

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U.S. farm production expenditures keep climbing (access required)

U.S. farmers spent a record-high $351.8 billion on agricultural production in 2012, a 10.4 percent increase from 2011, according to the Farm Production Expenditures report. Crop farms accounted for the majority of production expenditures in 2012. These expenditures totaled $200 ...

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Shutdown spawns vacuum in farm market information

When Tim Peterson finished planting his 900 acres of winter wheat last week, the usually market-savvy Kansas farmer unexpectedly found himself struggling to make critical marketing decisions without being able to access to vital agricultural reports, casualties of the federal ...

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Workers urged to protect hearing from farm clatter

Far from the clatter of cities, the nation’s farmers are assaulted every day by the earsplitting squeals of hundreds of hogs, the roar of tractors and the incessant whine of grain dryers during the fall harvest. An estimated one-third of ...

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Researchers find ways to reuse agricultural byproducts (access required)

The City of Milwaukee caused a stir earlier this month when the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the city will try using cheese brine – a byproduct of the cheese-making process – as part of its road deicing strategy this ...

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