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Cutworms damage fields in Oregon, Idaho
Cutworms damage fields in Oregon, Idaho
Some alfalfa fields and rangeland grasses in eastern Oregon and southwestern Idaho have sustained significant damage from an infestation of army cutworms. The caterpillars appear to be cycling out for this year but they left some defoliated fields in...

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Idaho hop acres increase again
Idaho hop acres increase again
Idaho hop growers are expected to produce about 400 additional acres in 2014, the result of increased demand for aroma varieties from the craft brewing industry.
Jerome High School expands ag offerings
Jerome High School expands ag offerings
Jerome High School is expanding its ag education program to meet a growing need. This fall, the program will add eight new course, including upper-level animal science and food science, an additional instructor and an additional 12 classes.
Rancher, conservationist Bud Purdy dies at 96
Rancher, conservationist Bud Purdy dies at 96
Rancher and conservationist Bud Purdy, 96, died at his ranch on Silver Creek west of Picabo, Idaho, on Monday. Purdy was highly regarded as an early adopter and promoter of rangeland stewardship and rest rotation grazing.
Frulact to begin construction in Idaho
Rupert, Idaho, and Frulact have finalized an agreement announced last October. The fruit-preparation company will begin construction on a 200,000-square-foot plant in May.
Northern Idaho poachers taking heavy toll on game
Officials say that last year in Northern Idaho they confirmed poaching of 30 elk, four moose, 13 mule deer and 57 whitetail deer.
Idaho potato truck starts third tour
Idaho potato truck starts third tour
The Idaho Potato Commission's Great Big Idaho Potato Truck has left on another national tour.
Idaho pulse acres expected to increase
Pulse acres in Idaho are expected to increase modestly this year. Chickpea and dry pea acres should increase slightly, while lentil acres could be down.
Bill would allow farmers to be paid for improving water quality
A proposal that has been tabled for this year would allow farmers and ranchers to be paid to help other entities such as cities meet federally mandated water quality standards. Bill supporters plan to bring it back next year.
Rangen curtailment stay lifted
Idaho Department of Water Resources Director Gary Spackman has ruled groundwater pumpers affected by the Rangen, Inc., fish farm's water call fell short in their mitigation plan. Up to 38,000 cubic feet per second may be subject to curtailment on May 5...
Ag weather stations to benefit barley farmers
Ag weather stations to benefit barley farmers
Anheuser-Busch has purchased new agricultural weather stations for barley farmers in Eastern Idaho.