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Three-quarters of Idaho CRP applications rejected

Competition was stiff for Conservation Reserve Program contracts in Idaho during the recent general sign-up, leaving many growers to enroll in more rigorous continuous-enrollment programs land conservation programs. More

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Recharging Idaho’s economic future

As Idaho's aquifer recharge coordinator, Wesley Hipke has the lofty task of helping the state be proactive to ensure an adequate groundwater supply... More

 

Ranchers say outgoing Idaho Cattle Association leader will be greatly missed

Wyatt Prescott, who has led the Idaho Cattle Association for the past six years, is leaving that position but still plans to be involved in policy... More

 

Irrigators step up cloud seeding support

The Idaho Water Resource Board and Idaho surface and groundwater users have stepped up their efforts to support Idaho Power Co.'s statewide cloud... More

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Bastian new VP for industry relations at United Dairymen of Idaho

Before joining UDI, Eric Bastian served as vice president of research and development for Glanbia Nutritionals and Glanbia Foods. More

NRCS plans SNOTEL sites to study mid-elevation snowpack

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to build new automated snow survey sites to better understand mid-elevation snowpack, which seems to be disappearing early in recent years. More

Feds announce $10 million for wildfire projects in 12 states

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has partnered with the U.S. Geological Survey to see which rehabilitation efforts work best. More

Effort to amend Idaho’s crop residue burning program advance

Idaho environmental regulators are working with farmers and public health advocates to amend the state's crop residue burning program to avoid a drastic reduction in the number of allowable burn days. More

Elected officials learn water basics during inaugural Water College

About 20 elected officials attended Southwester Idaho's first-ever Water College, where they learned about water rights and the importance of the Boise River reservoir system that delivers water to the Treasure Valey area. More

Idaho funds Treasure Valley aquifer model

BOISE — The Idaho Water Resource Board has budgeted $500,000 toward the first year of a five-year effort to study Treasure Valley aquifers and develop an improved model to predict their function.The project was included in $14.4 million the board allocated May 20 for its Secondary.. More

Protesters demand justice for Idaho rancher killed by deputies

BOISE — A rally to demand justice for Jack Yantis, the Adams County rancher who was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies last year, was held in front of the Idaho attorney general’s office May 20.The attorney general’s office in March was handed the results of. More

Idaho man won’t fight charges that he stole from elk ranch

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A former employee of a Twin Falls elk ranch has agreed to a plea deal on charges that he stole from ranch owners.The Times-News reports that 31-year-old Brandon Eldredge was charged with stealing elk semen from the Early Morning Elk Ranch in 2011 and... More

Idaho Farm Bureau honors ag-friendly lawmakers

BOISE — Forty percent of Idaho’s lawmakers voted in line with the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation’s positions on key issues often enough during the past two legislative sessions to be recognized by the organization as Friends of Agriculture.Since the conclusion of the... More

Cost of raising Arrowrock Dam outweighs water supply, flood control benefits, study finds

BOISE — The benefits of raising Arrowrock Dam — decreased flood risk and increased water supply on the Boise River system — do not equal the costs, Idaho Water Resource Board members were told by federal officials May 18. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study that... More

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