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Idaho seed potato growers see opportunity in Algeria

A group of Idaho seed potato growers sees opportunity to establish a new market in Algeria, where the nation is working to become more self-sufficient with its food production. More

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Idaho fertilizer plant project still on track

Cost estimates of a fertilizer plant planned for Idaho's Power County have come down, thanks in part to lower fuel prices. More


Ag-backed trail bill passes Idaho Legislature

A bill that's received strong support from Idaho's agricultural community seeking to restrict the use of condemnation to complete recreational trails... More


Idaho bill aims to reduce irrigation sediment

An Idaho bill gives irrigation districts the authority to assess fees against water users who contribute silt into irrigation ditches. More


Monsanto fined for not reporting chemical releases

Monsanto noted there were no allegations that the releases exceeded state of federal standards, or that they contributed to any known health concerns in the area. More

Man, 71, killed in collapse of potato cellar

The men reportedly were tearing down the cellar when the frame collapsed, pinning them underneath. More

Bill grants livestock producers capital gains tax deduction

A bill that has passed the Idaho Legislature would ensure that partners in a livestock operation are treated the same as other industries when it comes to a state tax deduction for capital gains. More

N. Idaho county asks Congress to designate wilderness

The county resolution adopted Tuesday states that the area offers outstanding views, recreation opportunities, and contributes to the economic vitality of the region. More

Idaho ag groups weigh in on transportation funding plans

Idaho farm groups are being asked to weigh in on the debate about increasing transportation funding, an issue that has recently heated up in the Idaho Legislature. More

Bill to help in Wood River Valley call

A bill in the Idaho Legislature would help Big Wood River Valley aquifer groundwater irrigators finance an election to organize a groundwater district and prepare to respond to a water delivery call. More

Idaho grain, cattle producers agree on ‘open range’ plan

Groups representing Idaho grain and cattle producers have developed a plan they hope will help settle open range disagreements at the local rather than state level. More

Hearing on Idaho Ag Security Act lawsuit set for April 28

A hearing on plaintiffs' motion for summary judgement in the federal lawsuit against Idaho's Agricultural Security Act is scheduled for April 28 in Boise. More

PCN-affected spud growers plead their case to Idaho lawmakers

Potato growers from East Idaho who are regulated under a federal pale cyst nematode eradication program told lawmakers March 17 they need help dealing with the regulations, which they said are over-reaching and unfair. More

Idaho lawmakers OK $200,000 for sheep station

The USDA's sheep experiment station near Dubois, Idaho, which is targeted for closure, will receive $200,000 in ongoing state funding. Supporters say it's a message to the USDA that Idaho supports the continued operation of the station and "has skin in the game." More

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