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.

TWIN FALLS — A new Twin Falls dairy processing plant will cost an estimated $130 million to build. The Gem State Dairy Products facility will be next to the Glanbia plant at Washington Street and Diamond Avenue West.

JEROME — The University of Idaho has bought more property for its massive research dairy, locking in a Jerome site for a public visitor center, housing, faculty offices and classrooms for the Idaho Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE).

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A legal advocacy organization has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging an Arkansas state law that farm organizations have used to shield themselves from undercover investigations by animal rights groups.

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Meridian High School agriculture teacher Steve Wilder led the Real Dairy Parade as grand marshal June 22 during Meridian Dairy Days.

AMERICAN FALLS — In 2006, when Greg Andersen began managing Seagull Bay Dairy near American Falls, he hoped the dairy would be at the forefront of Holstein breeding trends nationally and internationally.

NAMPA ─ A windmill spins in the front yard of Evert and Dora Jansen Van Beek. They sit to the side of their house and reminisce about the past, in view of the empty dairy barn that pays homage to the thriving dairy operation they once had.

BLACKFOOT – There are many agricultural operations in Bingham County that carry the appellation “Family Farm,” and if that means one that’s handed down from father to son and operated with only family labor, the Hatch Dairy off Rich Lane is the epitome of the term.

BOISE — Idaho exported $231 million worth of agricultural products to other nations during the first three months of 2019, an 8 percent increase compared with the same period in 2018.

FAIR OAKS, Ind. (AP) — Retailers began pulling Fairlife products from their shelves Wednesday as police investigated alleged animal abuse after an animal rights group released graphic video showing workers kicking and throwing young calves at an Indiana dairy farm that’s a popular destinatio…

MERIDIAN — This year’s Dairy Days will include all the events the community has come to expect and enjoy — pancakes, a petting zoo and dairy animal competitions — with one big change. The parade will be held on Saturday instead of Friday.

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ALBION, N.Y. — Dairy farm worker Luis Jiménez gambles every time he drives without a license. Even a minor traffic stop could alert immigration agents that he is in the country illegally and lead to deportation.

WENDELL — A dairy in the midst of shutting down has filed a lawsuit against its bookkeeper, claiming she embezzled more than $700,000 from the company.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An insurance program to help hard-pressed dairy farmers is expected to be ready for enrollment in June, the U.S. Farm Service Agency says, but farmers say it won’t tackle the underlying challenges they face.

LOGAN, Utah — Operations at Utah State University’s Gary H. Richardson Dairy Products Laboratory have returned to normal after closing shop before Thanksgiving last year. Workers spent the past four months renovating the lab to conform to state regulations.

JAY, Vt. — Some dairy farmers advocated Tuesday for controlling the supply of milk to increase prices as producers and officials discussed how to support the struggling industry at a two-day summit.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Korn family, owners of Korn Dairy in Terreton, has been named among the 2019 Members of Distinction by Dairy Farmers of America, according to a news release.

LOGAN, Utah — Farmers see markets move unexpectedly as trade deals fall through and harsh weather can completely wipe out crops and herds. Farmers and tight profit margins hate uncertainty. After the nation’s longest government shutdown, agricultural economics experts are factoring in one mo…

TWIN FALLS — Gem State Dairy Products LLC, announced plans Monday to establish one of the largest aseptic milk processing plants in the United States and will be located in Twin Falls.

POCATELLO (IFBF) — Idaho Farm Bureau Federation will contribute $100,000 to the University of Idaho’s proposed Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin farmers are facing a buildup of snow that’s causing damage to some structures as the state continues to get hit by unrelenting winter weather.

BOISE (UI) — A plan to create the nation’s largest research dairy advanced Feb. 14 with the Idaho State Board of Education’s vote to allow the University of Idaho to buy land for the $45 million project.

BOISE — During this year’s Girls Scout Cookie Sale, the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage are again teaming up with Dairy West to donate to the Idaho Foodbank to help those in need.

TWIN FALLS — Idaho dairy farmers are pioneering a new program to educate and train employees on workplace safety and awareness on the job.

MERIDIAN — The United Dairy Industry Association's board of directors elected John Brubaker, owner of Knott Run Dairy in Buhl, treasurer at the national dairy industry's recent annual meeting in Phoenix.

MERIDIAN — Dairy farmers and industry leaders who have had a significant impact on the dairy industry were honored at Dairy West’s recent annual meeting in Boise.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (USDA) — More than 21,400 dairy producers opted for coverage through the Margin Protection Program for Dairy in 2018, up by more than 2,000 producers from the previous year.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin agriculture organizations are applauding President Donald Trump’s signing of a revised North American trade pact with the leaders of Canada and Mexico, but agricultural industry members said they don’t expect it to have an impact on prices.