USDA data shows that farmers and ranchers are the main driver behind the significant growth in the state’s overall agricultural sector over the past few decades.

BUHL — The Magic Valley dairy industry has gone through brutal lows and record highs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A ground-breaking ceremony was hosted Thursday afternoon for the planned Frigitek Cold Storage facility, which will be located in the business park at the Pocatello Regional Airport.

Three Idaho mining companies and Western States Caterpillar have made a combined $12,000 donation in support of a dairy industry program that makes butter and cheese for area food banks from surplus milk.

Richard Johnson’s corn crop is progressing well and Sam Reed’s dairy cows are still producing plenty of milk for making his family’s famous ice cream.

POCATELLO — Amid the market challenges farmers and ranchers are facing because of the coronavirus outbreak, the new USMCA trade deal offers the U.S. agricultural industry a ray of optimism.

POCATELLO — When it comes to milk prices, Idaho’s dairy industry has been on a roller-coaster ride since last fall. Right now, the roller-coaster in on a sharp upswing.

PRESTON — At a time when dairies are sharpening their pencils to stay in business and others are simply selling their herds, Jordan and Mandy Darrington have started up Udderworld Dairy on Hot Springs Road.

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POCATELLO — After setting records during fiscal years 2018 and 2019, wolf depredations of livestock in Idaho are down significantly during the first 10 months of fiscal 2020, which ends June 30.

POCATELLO — The reports of some farmers, ranchers or dairy operations dumping their farm commodities is not easy news to digest.

POCATELLO — Idaho’s congressional delegation is joining other members of Congress in asking the Trump administration to eliminate the payment limits included in a $19 billion agricultural relief program announced by USDA April 17.

POCATELLO — National farm groups quickly applauded USDA’s April 17 announcement of a $19 billion ag relief program designed to assist producers, and consumers, impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, signed a letter authored by Sen. Jim Risch, also R-Idaho, asking Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to extend assistance to the dairy industry, which has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

POCATELLO – Idaho dairy farmers are still producing milk, and lots of it, even as the price they receive for their commodity has plummeted during the coronavirus outbreak.

I am an Idahoan. I grew up on a dairy and have worked in the dairy industry nearly my entire life. I support the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. It is good conservative legislation that supports legal immigration and really takes a look at the reform we as Americans have been demanding.

POCATELLO — Idaho farmers pocketed 50 percent more profits in 2019 than during the prior year, according to a recent University of Idaho economic report.

Driving 20 hours from Iowa to Idaho for his induction into the Idaho Milk Processors Association Hall of Fame gave Gaylord Fowler plenty of time to reflect on a career that began in Grace and ended 46 years later in Blackfoot.

TWIN FALLS — The news Tuesday that Congressional Democrats had reached a deal with the White House to approve a new North America trade agreement was welcomed in Idaho, where officials said the development will help the dairy industry.

An Aberdeen company is hoping to expand the market for alfalfa hay by developing a new type of protein product. Green Gold Development, LLC received 40 hours of research expertise under Idaho National Laboratory’s Technical Assistance Program.

BOISE — Whitesides Dairy near Rupert has been awarded by the Idaho dairy industry for taking milk quality to an extremely high level.

CENTRAL POINT, Oregon — Rogue Creamery’s Rogue River blue cheese has been named world’s best cheese at the 2019 World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy. Expert judges from around the globe tasted 3,800 of the world’s most distinguished cheeses to choose Rogue River blue as the world champion. …

JEROME — When a group of dairy families opened Idaho Milk Products a decade ago, the company faced a murky future at best. The $80 million facility began churning out cream and protein during a recession, at a time of painfully low milk prices.

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — For more than 20 years, the eastern Michigan town of Lapeer sent leftover sludge from its sewage treatment plant to area farms, supplying them with high-quality, free fertilizer while avoiding the expense of disposal elsewhere.

Skagit County, Washington, dairy farmer Dwayne Faber said young farmers need to have more of a business mindset than farmers of previous generations and they need to think of innovative ways to run their farms.

POCATELLO — Despite trade wars and rumors of trade wars, the total value of Idaho agricultural exports increased 7 percent during the first six months of 2019, compared with the same period last year.