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Seed law: Why is rye showing up in my wheat field?

There have been some surprises this spring with rye showing up in fields when there was no rye planted previously, at least not intentionally. I figured it would be worthwhile to briefly discuss seed purity standards and control options.


New Product: Rice Dairy launches Vault Technologies

Rice Dairy, LLC, a dairy futures brokerage, launched Vault Technologies, LLC, a stand-alone software company specializing in dairy data analysis. The comprehensive analytics technology utilizes an individual dairy’s unique operational data to create detailed two-year revenue and profit projections that incorporate live market pricing, margin, hedging and “what if” scenarios. Visit


Jolley: The trumpet has sounded, all is lost

My old friend Keith Nunes, writing his column for Food Business News, hoisted his keyboard trumpet and played Taps for the 'science' of food. He wrote "Taco Bell, a Yum! Brands business unit, plans to remove all artificial flavors and colors from its food and replace them with alternatives perceived as natural by the end of 2015. The company also has set a goal of 2017 to remove all artificial preservatives and additives."


Japan to import more butter as shortage worsens

Japan will turn to overseas markets for the second time in a year to meet a worsening butter shortage, which may lead to higher prices for consumers due to tariffs that protect local producers of the basic cooking and baking ingredient.


Algeria, Egypt, Morocco ripest North African markets for U.S. dairy

By the United Nations’ definition, seven countries comprise North Africa. By U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) research conclusions, three offer the best opportunities for U.S. dairy suppliers. Demand for dairy is surging, but competition from European Union and New Zealand is keen.


April ag labor wage rates up 2%

U.S. farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage of $12.27/hour during the April 2015 reference week (April 12-18, 2015), up 2% from the comparable week a year earlier.


Idaho 2014 dairy revenue up 12.5%

Idaho surpassed New York as the nation’s third largest milk producer in 2014 – after California and Wisconsin – generating 13.9 billion lbs. of milk last year.


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