Grants available for energy-efficiency improvements

Farms and rural small businesses can apply for grants ranging from $1,500 to $500,000. FULL STORY »

Sequester forces USDA to suspend Milk Production report

The USDA has suspended several livestock reports in the wake of automatic federal budget cuts. This includes reports the monthly Milk Production report and annual Milk Production, Disposition and Income report that would have been released in late April. FULL STORY »

Rabobank: California dairies at a pivotal point

With many dairy operations still trying to gain ground from the 2009 collapse of the sector, Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) group is recommending that the industry work collaboratively to find more ways to maximize the value of milk for California producers. FULL STORY »

Dairy farmer: Montana raw milk bill would 'undermine' industry

A push to legalize raw milk sales in Montana is leaving a sour taste with many of the state’s dairy farmers. FULL STORY »

Dairy immigration raids end with payday for police

Two Michigan police agencies have received more than half a million dollars for their roles in exposing illegal hiring practices at a dairy. FULL STORY »

Vilsack: Meat inspector furloughs still months away

Furloughs of U.S. meat inspectors that could disrupt meat delivery throughout the country will probably be concentrated in July through September, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told lawmakers on Tuesday. FULL STORY »

Watch for energy-saving incentives

Here are two incentives currently available to New York dairy producers for digester projects and farm expansion initiatives. What grants does your state have to offer? FULL STORY »

Euthanasia guidelines updated

Last week, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) published the 2013 edition of the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals. FULL STORY »

Scientists studying impact of manure spills

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) soil scientists are studying sediments in water channels to understand their role in phosphorus absorption during a manure spill. FULL STORY »

Iowa ends mandatory testing of milk for toxic byproduct aflatoxin

Iowa has dropped a requirement that all milk received in the state be tested for aflatoxin, the toxic byproduct of a mold that attacks corn during a drought, the state's agriculture department said Friday. FULL STORY »

Former Bettencourt worker sentenced in cruelty case

A former worker at Bettencourt Dairies has been sentenced to probation for his role in abusing dairy cows at Bettencourt’s Dry Creek Dairy facility near Hansen, Idaho. FULL STORY »

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