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Onion virus pressure not as severe as last year

Onion growers in southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon haven't had near the pressure from iris yellow spot virus this year as they did in 2013. Industry experts say that could have something to do with farmers spraying earlier and more often in 2014. More

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USPB launches social media campaigns

The U.S Potato Board has launched a campaign social media marketing campaign around a new hashtag, #TopTater. More


Grant will fund onion promotion in Mexico, Latin America

A $40,000 grant obtained by the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee will be used to market and promote the big bulb onions grown in this area in... More


Davis: Sale positions Davisco Foods for growth

Davisco's CEO saysthe sale of the dairy processors' assets to Canadian Agropur was a business move to continue to grow operations and offer more... More


Study offers proposals for cultivating agritourism

A 184-page report prepared by University of Idaho law students offers 20 proposals for growing agritourism in Idaho. It also discusses legal issues faced by agritourism operators around the nation and looks at ways to protect farmers from litigation. More

USDA seeks input on Sheep Experiment Station

USDA Agricultural Research Station will be taking comment on the research activities at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho, during two teleconferences scheduled for Aug. 6 and 7. Earlier this month USDA sought congressional approval to close the research facility. That request was... More

Pilot of crop duster walks away from crash

The pilot walked away uninjured from the Monday crash in a bean field. More

Idaho suspends plan for hired wolf hunter

Wildlife advocacy groups sued state and federal officials earlier this year, asking a judge to stop a state-hired hunter from using the U.S. Forest Service’s backcountry airstrips to reach and kill wolves in the Frank Church River of No Return wilderness. A federal judge rejected their... More

Idaho growers scale back zebra chip programs

Some Idaho potato growers say they're relaxing their chemical programs to protect crops from zebra chip disease. More

East Idaho dryland wheat yields down

Eastern Idaho's dryland wheat farmers say their yields are below normal, but their quality is outstanding. More

Agri Beef sues partners in biodiesel venture

An Idaho beef company is suing its partners in a biofuel joint venture. More

Forecast: Idaho wheat production slightly lower

Idaho wheat production may be down slightly this year but industry members say growing conditions have been excellent and they expect a quality crop in 2014. More

USDA approves emergency grazing in Eastern Idaho

The emergency haying is allowed through the end of August, and participants must leave at least half of each field unhayed for wildlife. The hay can’t be sold. More

Lightning strike kills four cows, calf in N. Idaho

The lightning strike on Wednesday killed the livestock owned by Hayden-area rancher John Symons. More

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