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New farm bill program benefiting Idaho farms and ranches
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New farm bill program benefiting Idaho farms and ranches
Idaho has received USDA grants to help Blackfoot River ranchers improve diversions and to implement programs to stabilize the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.

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Documentary chronicles evolution of high lift pumping on Snake River
Documentary chronicles evolution of high lift pumping on Snake River
A new documentary, 10 years in the making, chronicles the evolution of high-lift pumping to irrigate Snake River plateaus in Idaho. The film was written and produced by Idaho videographer Randy Quigley.
Crews clear rockslide on train tracks in northern Idaho
Crews cleared the main line tracks by Monday morning.
2 farm reps added to Idaho ag dean search committee
University of Idaho has added two more representatives of the state's agricultural industry to a committee that is advising the university in its search for a permenant dean for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The original committee list...
H5N1 bird flu found in Washington; little human health risk since
A wild duck tested positive for a highly pathogenic bird flu virus that combines Eurasion and North American strains.
Public support for grazing strong in Idaho
Public support for grazing strong in Idaho
A University of Idaho survey of Idaho residents shows a 90 percent approval rating for livestock grazing on public lands and a high level of trust in Idaho's public lands ranchers.
Judge stays Idaho water curtailment on 474 junior users
After the Idaho Department of Water Resources mailed curtailment orders to 474 daires, cities and industrial water users in the Magic Valley drawing groundwaterfrom the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer, a district judge granted the users a two-week stay.
U.S. milk production up, prices down
U.S. milk production continues to increase, and milk prices continue a downward trend from record highs seen this fall. Analysts don't look for rmarket recovery until mid year but are forecasting continued moderate feed costs.
Farmed Smart certification offers regulatory ‘safe harbor,’ leader says
Farmed Smart certification offers regulatory ‘safe harbor,’ leader says
The Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association is seeking farmers to serve as pilots for its new certification program, Farmed Smart. The certification would provide a "safe harbor" from regulatory agencies that support the program, says executive...
Psyllids decline, but overwintering concerns arise
Psyllids decline, but overwintering concerns arise
Levels of zebra chip, a crop disease in potatoes spread by potato psyllids and caused by the Liberibacter bacterium, were down signficiantly in the Pacific Northwest.
$1.53 million in new funding would support Idaho ag research
$1.53 million in new funding would support Idaho ag research
Gov. Butch Otter has asked the Idaho Legislature to provide an additional $1.53 million in ongoing funding for University of Idaho's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The money would be used to support 21.5 new or existing positions designed to...