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New Mexico water regulators adopted a settlement that puts to rest a dispute over the regulation of millions of tons of waste produced each year by the state's $2.6 billion dairy industry.

The Water Quality Control Commission voted unanimously during a hearing in Santa Fe in favor of the settlement brokered by state attorneys, dairy farmers and environmentalists.

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As U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visits Vietnam and China to talk trade, he's hoping to build on one of the few bright spots in the struggling American economy: agricultural exports.

U.S. agricultural exports are projected to reach a record $137 billion this year and hit that same mark next year. The U.S. agricultural trade surplus is expected to top $42 billion. And new free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama are expected to boost farm exports by another $2.3 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Wear Milk? Anke Domaske says why not.

The 28-year-old German is the designer of an award-winning new textile made entirely from milk that's environmentally friendly as well as soothing to people with skin allergies. Called "Qmilch," it drapes and folds like silk, but can be washed and dried like cotton.

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With high forage costs and grain prices threatening profit margins for dairy producers, a Purdue Extension agricultural economist says it's important to keep an eye on the bottom line.

The preliminary U.S. all-milk price for October 2011 was estimated at $19.90 per hundredweight, which is a decrease from September but up about $1.40 from October of 2010. Despite the strong prices, soaring feed costs still threaten dairy producers' profits.

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Colorado family farmers are worried about a proposal by the U.S. Department of Labor to change child labor laws, saying they could cripple family farms and hurt programs like the Future Farmers of America and 4-H Club.

One rule would allow children under age 15 to only work on their parents' farm. Another would keep children under age 16 from driving most power equipment.

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Kids who love animals and science can start preparing for their animal health career as early as 8 years old via a veterinary science curriculum that is going online nationwide.

“We didn’t have to create an interest for this; it’s already there,” said Dr. Floron “Buddy” Faries. “And that interest has created a demand.”

“Veterinary Science: Preparatory Training for the Veterinary Assistant” was written by Faries, a Texas AgriLife Extension Service veterinarian, to meet that demand.

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