The Idaho Potato Commission has named its chairman and vice-chairman for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Ritchey Toevs of Toevs Farms is the new chairman of the Eagle-based commission, and Lynn Wilcox of Wilcox Fresh is the new vice-chairman, according to a news release.“ Farmers face several important deadlines this time of year as they harvest crops and look ahead to next year. A key deadline to keep in mind during the rush of harvest is September 30th for producers wishing to modify existing crop insurance policies or purchase a new one.

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association NCBA filed a motion to intervene last week in the case originally brought in 2014 by the Organization for Competitive Markets with the help of attorneys from the Humane Society of the United States. NCBA said some of the records involve confidential information and that the lawsuit is an attempt by HSUS to “divert attention from beef promotion activities.” Joe Maxwell, an OCM member and the senior political director for the Humane Society Legal Fund, told Agri-Pulse that NCBA, the main contractor to the beef checkoff, has had a “sweetheart deal” for years due to its influence over the Cattlemen's Beef Board, which allocates checkoff funds .also that NCBA policies against country-of-origin labeling and changes to the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act helped contribute to the price decline in the cattle industry. He's skeptical of NCBA as an organization, and he says he wants to know how checkoff funds have been used.

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