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Idaho aquifer agreement finalized

Irrigators with Idaho's Surface Water Coalition and groundwater users with Idaho Groundwater Appropriators, Inc., have finalized an agreement that aims to reverse declining aquifer levels and avert future water calls. More

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Lawyers outline Idaho reservoir refill resolution

A negotiated settlement earlier this year in the upper Snake water system firms up the right to physically fill a reservoir even if the accounting... More

 

Idaho sustainability program improving yields, efficiency

A Thresher Artisan Wheat sustainability program has helped growers reduce use of inputs and increase yields, according to new data. More

 

Intern, retired professor gathering data for Idaho’s 200 Bushel Club

An informal Eastern Idaho organization aimed at improving wheat yields, called the 200 Bushel Club, has hired an intern and is seeking to start... More

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Wildlife officials investigate bird die offs south of Boise

The dead birds show no signs of physical injury and were not sickened by plague. More

Barley states respond to Idaho’s invitation to cooperate

The Idaho Barley Commission has invited other barley producing states to work closely together on important issues, including research and transportation infrastructure. More

Current heat wave affecting NW crops

Extended periods of heat can reduce the yields of significant crops, including wheat, barley and canola. More

Grant aimed at helping Idaho’s table grape industry

University of Idaho researchers have been awarded a $163,000 grant from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to try to improve the performance of table grapes in Idaho. More

Idaho targets water-quality challenges

Idaho stakeholders have tools to meet water-quality standards in a cost-effective manner, but many challenges exist regarding designated uses of water bodies and water-quality trading. More

Spud industry in good shape for FDA trans fat phase-out, expert says

The potato industry should be in good shape to comply with an FDA mandate that food products be rid of unhealthy trans fats within three years, according to an industry nutrition expert. More

Chobani selected as Greek yogurt provider for school lunches

Chobani was selected as the exclusive provider after it successfully led a Greek yogurt pilot program over the past year. More

Community leaders, public tour Meridian dairy

Community leaders and the public were taken on a tour of a third-generation dairy farm in Meridian, Idaho, on June 23. It was the latest effort by Idaho's dairy industry to give the public a closer look at how dairy operations are run. More

Barley commission sets conservative budget for fiscal 2016

The Idaho Barley Commission has set a conservative budget for fiscal year 2016 to try to rebuild its reserve fund following a severe drop in revenue in fiscal 2015 due to torrential rains last August that reduced the size of the crop. More

‘Ag gag’ opponents point to free speech ruling

A recent free speech ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court may shed light on the controversy over Idaho's "ag gag" law, which prohibits secret recordings of farms. More

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