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Pacific Northwest hop acreage still climbing
Pacific Northwest hop acreage still climbing

MOXEE, Wash. — Hop acreage is increasing for the fourth straight year in the United States and for the third year globally.

U.S. hop acreage is projected to increase by 6,000 acres this year, a 13 percent rise. That follows a 19 percent...

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Idaho ag department gives overview of food safety rules
Idaho ag department gives overview of food safety rules

ONTARIO, Ore. — Idaho and Oregon farmers were given an overview of FDA’s new Food Safety Modernization Act rules April 26 during a meeting hosted by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

FDA’s produce safety rule will...

Idaho delivers equipment to Rangeland Fire Protection Associations
Idaho delivers equipment to Rangeland Fire Protection Associations

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Lands delivered four wildland firefighting engines and five “slip-in” units to five of the state’s six Rangeland Fire Protection Associations April 25.

The type 6 engines are light,...

Idaho Power offers safety warning after ag accident
Idaho Power offers safety warning after ag accident

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho — Officials with Idaho Power are reminding farm workers to use caution while working around overhead power lines in the wake of an April 18 accident that seriously injured a 31-year-old woman.

The female farm worker...

New AVA created for Northwestern Idaho and Eastern Washington

BOISE — Wineries and grape growers in Northwestern Idaho and part of Eastern Washington now have their own American Viticultural Area, which is a specific grape-growing region that is federally recognized as unique.

The Alcohol and...

Trials evaluate cereal cyst nematode resistance
Trials evaluate cereal cyst nematode resistance

Capital Press

ABERDEEN, Idaho — Aside from diversifying their crop rotations, Pooria Ensafi believes selecting resistant varieties is the best way for the region’s grain growers to protect their crops from cereal cyst nematode.

Wildfire rehab effort going well so far in Idaho, Oregon

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Scientists say a $67 million rehabilitation effort following a wildfire in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon is starting off well thanks to good precipitation over the winter.

About $14 million has been spent since...

ISDA Japanese beetle treatment area cut in half
ISDA Japanese beetle treatment area cut in half

Capital Press

BOISE — An Idaho State Department of Agriculture Japanese beetle eradication program has reduced the Ada County population of the invasive pest by nearly 90 percent, and the agency plans to cut its treatment area in half...

Environmental groups sue over bull trout recovery plan
Environmental groups sue over bull trout recovery plan

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Two environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan to recover threatened bull trout.

Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Friends of the...

Diminishing supply fails to lift Idaho spud prices
Diminishing supply fails to lift Idaho spud prices

ABERDEEN, Idaho — Idaho potato farmers say favorable weather conditions have helped them get an early start to planting their 2016 crop.

They’re becoming concerned, however, that prices of their 2015 spuds remain stagnant, despite...

Farmer, researchers release plant guide
Farmer, researchers release plant guide

Idaho farmers have published a guide to native plants, agricultural crops and weeds in their region.

Thorn Creek Native Seed Farms and Thorn Creek Ranch Inc. have produced 600 copies of the “Palouse Prairie Field Guide,” designed...

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