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UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 5:08 p.m.

Environment groups sue dairy farms over animal waste

Three environmental groups have sued two dairy farms in Washington state, claiming they have polluted and mishandled animal waste.


Then and Now: Western Dairy Products

The second-largest dairy in the country began in Spokane with the 1888 arrival of two brothers, George and David Brown.


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 10:02 p.m.

University of Idaho plans for largest research dairy in the U.S.

The University of Idaho could boast the largest research dairy in the country within the next decade.


Dairy farms take $4M hit from cows lost in blizzard

Officials say the more than 1,800 dairy cows that died in a blizzard in southern Washington state earlier this month were a nearly $4 million loss, not including the lost …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

Winter storm kills 1,600 dairy cows in Lower Yakima Valley; farmers scrambling to save others

Dairy farmers in the Lower Yakima Valley are continuing to dig out from Saturday’s snowstorm.


Idaho farm income declined in 2018, dairy is struggling

A recent economic report shows Idaho farm income fell for a second straight year in 2018 largely due to overproduction by dairy producers.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 7:54 p.m.

Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

Washington dairy interests optimistic in wake of new trade agreement

Dairy groups in Washington state are encouraged by the Trump administration’s new North American trade deal announced Monday and what they see as its potential to create additional market access …


Not your grandparents’ dairy: Washington operation shows scale of modern milk production

Case VanderMeulen’s oldest brother inherited his family’s 100-cow dairy in The Netherlands. So the younger brother came to America and built a fortress of milk that never sleeps.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 8:52 p.m.

University of Idaho seeks funding for dairy research center

Fundraising in the next few months will be vital to constructing a world class dairy-centric research and teaching facility in southern Idaho.


Wisconsin sees decline in number of dairy farms

While the number of dairy farms in Wisconsin is shrinking as small operations struggle to remain profitable, expanding commercial farms have continued to increase the state’s milk production.


Expert: Idaho hay prices low until dairy market rebounds

Experts say hay prices are down in Idaho due to low milk prices that are depressing the market.


Sheriff: Undercover video shows dairy workers hitting cows

Police in Florida arrested three dairy farm employees on animal cruelty charges following the release of an undercover video by animal rights group showing workers abusing cows.


100 years ago in Washington state: Going without meat, wheat and sherbert a ‘patriotic duty’

Food – its scarcity, not bounty – was uppermost in people’s minds as the holidays approached. “The Northwest must settle down to a more intensive conservation of food and more …


Heifer in Montana herd tests positive for brucellosis

A heifer has tested positive for the disease brucellosis on a Montana ranch near Yellowstone National Park.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 4:44 p.m.

Idaho dairy group opposes immigration detention contract

A dairymen group in south-central Idaho has sent a letter to Jerome County commissioners in opposition to a pending contract that would lease out space in the county’s new jail …


Dairy aims to be first to test system that reclaims waste

Sedro-Woolley farmed aims to be the first to test new technology with the Stillaguamish Tribe, Snohomish Conservation District, Washington State University and the Dairy Farmers of Washington. They say the …


Idaho conservation group files complaint over waste pit at cheese plant

An Idaho conservation group has filed a complaint to several state agencies asking officials to inspect a wastewater pit used by a Nampa cheese-making plant.


Ban on Irish butter sparks fight in butter-loving Wisconsin

Wisconsin resident Jean Smith snatches up entire stocks of her beloved Kerrygold Irish butter from stores when visiting family in Nebraska, thanks to an antiquated law in her dairy-obsessed state …


Idaho dairy eyed after residents discover tainted water

State officials are investigating claims that a south-central Idaho dairy pumped manure into a canal, and tests are being conducted on water coming from faucets in nearby homes where residents …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 10:04 p.m.

Milk from Tenino dairy recalled following E. coli concerns

The Cozy Vale Creamery has issued a recall of raw milk after state Department of Agriculture inspectors discovered E. coli contamination in a sample.


Environmental groups concerned about Oregon mega-dairy

A coalition of health and environmental groups is asking Oregon officials to investigate construction of a mega-dairy in Morrow County.


Cheesier pizzas rescue dairy prices as Americans drink less milk

Americans love their cheese, but maybe not as much as dairy farmers do. Even after people cut back on milk use for decades – a consequence of more drink options …


Dairy official says he hasn’t seen human trafficking lawsuit

The manager of an Idaho dairy named in a human trafficking lawsuit declined to comment on the allegations Thursday, saying they hadn’t yet been notified of the legal action.


Former workers sue Idaho dairy, claiming human trafficking

A group of veterinarians from Mexico is suing an Idaho dairy in federal court, contending that the dairy lured them under false pretenses and then forced them to work in …


California targets dairy cows to combat global warming

California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. The nation’s leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock.


Yakima Clean Air Agency official’s ties to dairy industry draw scrutiny

As the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency has sought to address issues of clean air with new policies in recent years, one of its five board members has worked for …


Low milk prices newest challenge to family farms

Arden Tewksbury has been a dairy farmer in northeast Pennsylvania for most of his 83 years. He’s also an agricultural activist who’s part of a movement to try to stop …


Then and Now: Fairmont Creamery’s Spokane plant

Fairmont Creamery was founded in Fairmont, Nebraska, in 1884. Farmers brought their milk to the plant to be separated and sold the butter fat, then took the skimmed milk home …


University seeks retraction, says researcher’s study data is a bunch of bull

A researcher exploring ways to convert cow poop into electrical power faked data and claimed his laboratory notebook blew into a manure pit, according to a Washington State University investigation.