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Pacific Northwest hop acreage still climbing

MOXEE, Wash. — Hop acreage is increasing for the fourth straight year in the United States and for the third year globally.

U.S. hop acreage is projected to increase by 6,000 acres this year, a 13 percent rise. That follows a 19 percent last year, according to the Hop Growers of... More

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Farm groups help University of Idaho ag college exceed fundraising goal

MOSCOW, Idaho — University of Idaho’s first foray into social media fundraising was a success for the College of Agricultural and... More


Idaho, Washington wheat growers seek emergency label for wireworm product

BOISE — Idaho and Washington grain growers hope to obtain a special-needs exemption from the Environmental Protection Agency allowing them... More


Trials evaluate cereal cyst nematode resistance

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ABERDEEN, Idaho — Aside from diversifying their crop rotations, Pooria Ensafi believes selecting resistant varieties is... More


Idaho hop growers to add hundreds of new acres in 2016

WILDER, Idaho — Idaho’s hop acreage continues to expand at a robust rate, with growers planning to add hundreds of additional acres this year.“It’s still a pretty positive (environment) for hops right now,” said Brock Obendorf, whose hop operation will... More

Spud growers join Boise schools’ Potato Celebration Week

BOISE — The Boise School District’s new Potato Celebration Week enabled Rod Lake of Heyburn-based Southwind Farms to get his company’s fingerling potatoes into a public schools market he’s been trying to reach for most of a year.For the farmers and staff of... More

Fire destroys old Idaho sugar factory

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — An old sugar factory here was destroyed by a fire reported at 7:45 p.m. April 27, according to the Idaho Falls Fire Department. When firefighters arrived at the shuttered facility, at 3075 E. Lincoln Road, flames engulfed the factory’s cooling... More

Idaho ag department gives overview of food safety rules

ONTARIO, Ore. — Idaho and Oregon farmers were given an overview of FDA’s new Food Safety Modernization Act rules April 26 during a meeting hosted by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.FDA’s produce safety rule will require farmers who grow fruits and vegetables. More

Idaho delivers equipment to Rangeland Fire Protection Associations

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Lands delivered four wildland firefighting engines and five “slip-in” units to five of the state’s six Rangeland Fire Protection Associations April 25.The type 6 engines are light, mobile four-wheel drive vehicles that can hold... More

Idaho Power offers safety warning after ag accident

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho — Officials with Idaho Power are reminding farm workers to use caution while working around overhead power lines in the wake of an April 18 accident that seriously injured a 31-year-old woman.The female farm worker remains in critical condition after being... More

New AVA created for Northwestern Idaho and Eastern Washington

BOISE — Wineries and grape growers in Northwestern Idaho and part of Eastern Washington now have their own American Viticultural Area, which is a specific grape-growing region that is federally recognized as unique.The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has approved a... More

Wildfire rehab effort going well so far in Idaho, Oregon

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Scientists say a $67 million rehabilitation effort following a wildfire in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon is starting off well thanks to good precipitation over the winter. About $14 million has been spent since October as part of a five-year restoration... More

ISDA Japanese beetle treatment area cut in half

Capital PressBOISE — An Idaho State Department of Agriculture Japanese beetle eradication program has reduced the Ada County population of the invasive pest by nearly 90 percent, and the agency plans to cut its treatment area in half this season, officials say.For several... More

Environmental groups sue over bull trout recovery plan

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Two environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan to recover threatened bull trout.Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Friends of the Wild Swan filed the lawsuit on April 19 in... More

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