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$1.53 million in new funding would support Idaho ag research

Gov. Butch Otter has asked the Idaho Legislature to provide an additional $1.53 million in ongoing funding for University of Idaho's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The money would be used to support 21.5 new or existing positions designed to improve agricultural research and extension... More

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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

 

Idaho has 1,000 wolves, including 22 breeding pairs

The number of wolves in Idaho increased steadily since their reintroduction in 1995 and peaked in 2009 just before hunting and trapping began. More

 

Potato virus Y incidences on the rise

Potato virus Y rates are up in Idaho's recent winter grow-out results. More

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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

Potato growers adjust to changing conditions

Idaho potato growers see evidence that spuds may be sensitive to climate change. More

Case could impact dairies, livestock operations nationwide

A district court ruling this week applying RCRA regulations to manure for the first time in history has serious implications for livestock producers nationwide. More

Rule would allow free movement of hops material among Idaho, Oregon, Washington

The Idaho Legislature is being asked to approve a temporary rule that would allow the free movement of hops material among Idaho, Oregon and Washington. It would also require a negative disease test for hops green matter coming to Idaho from states outside that area. More

GM sugar beets save Idaho, Oregon growers millions

Genetically modified sugar beets have resulted in a positive impact of about $22 million to Idaho growers since they began planting them in 2008, according to Snake River Sugar Co. More

Organic conference targets cover crops

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides will present an organic conference on using cover crops to enhance soil fertility in Twin Falls on Jan. 30 More

Agri-Action set for Feb. 5-7 in Twin Falls

The trade show with accompanying seminars for farmers will be at the Expo Center of the College of Southern Idaho. More

Highly pathogenic bird flu strikes Idaho for first time

Poultry, captive falcons and wild ducks in Idaho were infected with highly pathogenic bird flu. More

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