Friday, February 27, 2015

GM food labeling memorial passes House committee - AgMinute for February 27, 2015

A joint memorial from the Idaho Legislature to Congress urging the federal government to create a national policy for the labeling of genetically engineered foods has passed a House committee. For more information visit

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Livestock care changes with increased regulations - AgMinute for February 26, 2015

Producers are changing the way they care for their livestock as increasing regulation and consumer awareness bring more scrutiny to the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

USDA's latest cattle on feed report - AgMinute for February 25, 2015

Cattle on feed numbers in large U.S. feedlots on Feb. 1, at 10.7 million, were slightly higher than last year's count. Placement into those feedlots in January were 11 percent below year-ago levels, and fed cattle marketed during January were down 9 percent below a year earlier. For more information visit

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Meat producers cry foul over dietary recommendations - AgMinute for February 24, 2015

Organizations representing beef and pork producers are crying foul over proposed dietary recommendations that advise Americans to lower their intake or red and processed meats. For more visit

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sports medicine test holds promise for cattle industry - AgMinute for February 23, 2015

Researchers at Idaho State University and Montana State University collaborated on a project to use a quick blood test common in sports science to evaluate the disposition of livestock. Click here for the full story

Friday, February 20, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

West Coast ports running at 50 percent of normal volume - AgMinute for February 19, 2015

Agricultural shipments from West Coast ports are running at about 50 percent of the normal volume, and exporters have lost an estimated $1.75 billion in business during each of the past two months alone, according to the Agriculture Transportation Coalition. For more information visit

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Producers sending fewer cows to slaughter - AgMinute for February 18, 2015

An unprecedented run in price for all classes of cattle in 2014 has cow-calf producers sending fewer cows to slaughter and holding back heifers to rebuild the U.S. beef herd. For more information visit

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Group will appeal poultry slaughter inspection ruling - AgMinute for February 17, 2015

A consumer advocacy group will appeal a federal judge's decision to throw out its lawsuit against USDA's new poultry slaughter inspection system. For more information visit

Monday, February 16, 2015

USDA approves GM apples developed in Canada - AgMinute for February 16, 2015

The USDA has deregulated two genetically modified apples, saying they are unlikely to pose any risk, but the Canadian company developing them may have a hard time finding growers. Click here for the full story

Friday, February 13, 2015

Federal lawsuit filed against USDA's Wildlife Services Program - AgMinute for February 13, 2015

A federal lawsuit filed Feb. 11 by conservation groups alleges USDA's Wildlife Services Program in Idaho has routinely killed predators without conducting the necessary environmental reviews. For more information visit

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Loss of ocean carrier ‘devastating blow’ to ag exporters - AgMinute for February 12, 2015

Experts say some Oregon ag exporters won't be able to afford the cost of shipping products to ports in Washington or California if the Port of Portland loses its largest container shipper. Click here for the full story

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Biotech critics claim GMO loophole will backfire - AgMinute for February 11, 2015

GMO critics say a loophole in federal biotech regulations will backfire against major developers of transgenic seed. Click here for the full story

Ag leaders fear food safety restructuring would hinder FSMA - AgMinute for February 10, 2015

Agricultural industry sources are wary of a proposal by President Obama to consolidate FDA and USDA food safety regulatory authority into a single agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Click here for the full story

Environmental groups sue EPA over CAFOs - AgMinute for February 9, 2015

Air emissions from livestock at confined animal feeding operations should be regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to lawsuits filed by several environmental groups. Click here for the full story

Stalled machinery sales may drive bargains - AgMinute for February 6, 2015

Large farm machinery sales are slumping after years of robust growth, experts say. Click here for the full story

Research finds baby potatoes are nutrient loaded - AgMinute for February 5, 2015

Research geneticist Roy Navarre, with the USDA's Prosser, Wash., Agricultural Research Service, has found that baby potatoes are exceptionally high in healthy phytonutrients. Click here for the full story

Beef herd expansion more aggressive than anticipated - AgMinute for February 4, 2015

USDA's Jan. 1 cattle inventory report brought several surprises to industry watchers, revealing signs of faster-than-anticipated beef herd expansion. Click here for the full story

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Obama proposes new agency to make food safer - AgMinute for February 3, 2015

President Obama's budget proposes to consolidate the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and all of FDA’s food safety oversight functions. Click here for the full story

Monday, February 02, 2015

Herd expansion analysis shows cow-calf profits - AgMinute for February 2, 2015

Cow-calf operators won't see the $550 per cow profits they enjoyed in 2015 in the expansion years ahead, but there's still plenty of opportunity to profit. Click here for the full story

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