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Researchers program drone to hunt PVY in potatoes

Researchers say they’ve accurately detected potato virus Y using cameras mounted on drones. More

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Commission seeks to change how winery assessment is calculated

A proposed change in how Idaho’s wine assessment is calculated seeks to simplify record-keeping for the state’s 50 wineries. More


Spud equipment sales remain steady

Potato equipment manufacturers at the Agricultural Expo in Pocatello have reported continued strong sales, despite a generally poor agricultural... More


Idaho Senate committee votes to introduce field burning bill

A bill to amend Idaho’s crop residue burning program to avoid a large reduction in the number of allowable burn days has been printed. More


Dairy organization petitions for immigration reform

Idaho dairy producers are gathering signatures on a petition to hasten federal legislation for an effective visa program for dairy workers. More

Idaho potatoes on Trump’s luncheon menu

The three-course menu isn’t too far from previous lunches other new commanders-in-chief have enjoyed. More

Federal agencies approve new phosphate mine in Idaho

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service have issued separate decisions approving the plan by Calgary-based Agrium Inc. More

Public lands transfer backers seek convention of states to amend Constitution

Advocates for forcing the transfer of public lands to Western states say they hope to take up the issue by calling for a convention of states. More

Idaho ag dean is pushing aggressive plan for college

University of Idaho ag college dean Michael Parrella is moving ahead with an aggressive plan to upgrade the college’s agricultural research stations, increase enrollment and expand graduate student housing. More

Officials confirm another PCN-infested field

Officials with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service say a 150-acre field has been added to their list of Eastern Idaho farm fields under regulation for pale cyst nematode infestation. More

Drone companies prepare to train pilots, expand opportunities

Western commercial drone companies say they’re preparing for growth, following a Federal Aviation Administration decision to relax remote-pilot standards. More

Onion facilities collapse under weight of snow

Severe weather in the Treasure Valley area of Eastern Oregon and Southwestern Idaho has caused the roofs of about 18 onion storage and packing facilities to collapse. That has caused major production disruptions that have resulted in soaring onion prices. More

Wolverine caught on remote camera in west-central Idaho

Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Washington state are taking part in the study to find out if the animals can be reintroduced to some regions. More

Idaho ag college asks state for $1.85 million infusion

University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences seeks additional $1.85 million in state funding for graduate student housing, new farm equipment and major lab renovations. More

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