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Idaho Barley Commission mulls $382,000 in research funding requests

The Idaho Barley Commission has received what some IBC members say is the best lineup of research funding requests in recent memory. But with IBC funding projected to be down this year, those requests will be scrutinized closely. More

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Idaho seed growers exceed ring rot program requirements

In the first year of mandatory testing of Idaho certified potato seed for bacterial ring rot, many commercial growers have requested that theirseed... More


SY Ovation top wheat variety planted in Idaho, survey shows

SY Ovation was the most planted wheat variety in Idaho in 2014, according to an annual Idaho Wheat Commission survey. Brundage and ORCF 102 were... More


Idaho spud packers emphasize organic

Idaho fresh potato packers say they're placing greater emphasis on the organic potato category. More


Second ringtail captured and released with radio collar

Ringtails are smaller than a house cat and are mostly brown but have distinctive black- and white-ringed tails. The nocturnal carnivores are members of the raccoon family. More

Some of Idaho fruit crop was damaged by November cold snap

Record low temperatures in November have caused damage to Idaho's fruit crop, but the extent of the damage won't be known until May or June. More

Low-lignin alfalfa eases quality/yield trade-off

Low lignin alfalfa varieties could solve growers' dilemma of harvesting for quality or yield and provide harvest flexibility to avoid rain. More

Cutting-edge technology boosts precision

New University of Idaho researcher Olga Walsh is focusing on developing ways to use precision agriculture techniques to help farmers improve the efficiency of their crop production. More

Idaho House panel supports federal policy for GMO labeling

An Idaho House committee has approved a joint memorial that asks Congress and the Food and Drug Administration to establish a national policy on the labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients. More

Grain handlers offer hard white wheat contracts

Grain handlers in Southern and Eastern Idaho are offering contracts for hard white spring wheat. Idaho Wheat Commission executive director Blaine Jacobson expects high demand for the wheat class after issues last year. More

Group asks Congress to reject closure of Idaho sheep station

A diverse group trying to save the USDA sheep experiment station near Dubois, Idaho, has finalized a document that explains the research being done there and asks Congress to reject its proposed closure. More

Feds fine northern Idaho business after teen’s death

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser, Idaho, in the death of an 18-year-old employee. More

Crapo eyes monument designation, public lands policy

Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Raul Labrador, both R-Idaho, have introduced legislation to require a vote of Congress and the affected state Legsilature before a president can designate a national monument. More

Idaho puts forward plan to protect sage grouse habitat

The plan complements Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s sage grouse plan for federal officials to consider as the government eyes protections. More

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