Dairy industry braces for bust after 2014 boom

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2013 file photo, dairy farmer Dennis Ritter attaches a milking machine to one of his cows in Melrose, Minn. After a record year for milk sales in 2014, dairy farmers face a glut. And market predictions forecast declining milk prices into 2015 (AP Photo/St. Cloud Times, Kimm Anderson, File)

MADISON, Wis. — Milk sales set records in 2014, but plummeting prices are forcing some dairy farmers to spill the surplus down the drain.

Big bucks in new varieties of Russet Norkotah

Photo by Bill Schaefer
Jeff Stark, director of the University of Idaho's potato variety development program, discusses two new potato varieties, Northwest Norkotah 90 and Northwest Norkotah 285, about to be introduced commercially during the Idaho Crop Improvement Association's annual seed potato seminar Tuesday afternoon, January 20, 2015, at the Clarion Inn in Pocatello, Idaho.

A desire to improve on one of the more popular fresh potato varieties in the U.S.

Eastern Idaho projects share conservation funding

Bill Bradshaw / freditor@postregister.com
The Blackfoot River Conservation Partnership is one of two Idaho projects to received funding under the USDA's recently announced Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The river is seen here where it comes out of Wolverine Canyon.

BOISE (USDA) — Two eastern Idaho projects are among the 115 recipients across the country that will receive more than $370 million as part of the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program, the

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