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Hay stocks in Idaho up 6 percent from year ago

Hay stocks on farms on May 1 totaled 950,000 tons in Idaho, up 6 percent from a year ago, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

May 1 stocks represent 20 percent of 2015 production. Disappearance from Dec. 1, 2015, was 1.55 million tons.

Idaho wheat production up 2 percent from 2015

Based on May 1 conditions, production of winter wheat in Idaho is forecast at 58.8 million bushels, up 2 percent from 2015, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Yield is expected to average 84.0 bushels per acre, up two bushels from last year. Growers planted an estimated 750,000 acres in the fall of 2015, unchanged from the previous year. Harvested acres are forecast at 700,000 acres, unchanged from a year ago.

Effort to reach 200,000 transitioning military

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Defense are providing a joint agriculture education effort that will annually reach 200,000 transitioning military service members.

Every year, approximately 200,000 service members complete the Transition Assistance Program as they prepare for civilian life. This partnership will help to ensure returning service members know about the incentives for military veterans in USDA programs, and the many ways USDA can support military veterans and their families.

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