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Farming sector driving Idaho’s gross state product growth

Agriculture is driving growth in Idaho's gross state product. More

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Forester teaches tree owners management

University of Idaho Extension forester Chris Schnepf, based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, makes sure family forest owners get the knowledge they need to... More


Idaho grower touts benefits of companion crops

Eastern Idaho growers on a cover crop panel during the 47th Annual University of Idaho Potato Conference say the farming approach has helped them... More


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... More


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. More

Hundreds of Idaho FFA members meet with lawmakers, ag leaders

Five Idaho legislators were singled out for their support of agriculture Jan. 26 during the Idaho FFA's annual "Day on the Hill" event. More

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. More

Crews clear rockslide on train tracks in northern Idaho

Crews cleared the main line tracks by Monday morning. More

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 included only one ag industry representative. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

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