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Allotment tour set to highlight regulatory issues

Ranchers in the Salmon-Challis National Forest and Idaho Farm Bureau Federation have scheduled a tour of an allotment that was closed a month early, hoping to start a dialogue about improving federal range management decisions. More

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Onion quality above normal in Treasure Valley

Onion harvest in Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon is halfway done and farmers are reporting slightly lower yields but excellent quality. More


U.S. Senate passes bill resolving Blackfoot land dispute

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill to resolve a long-standing land dispute between Blackfoot, Idaho, farmers and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. More


Russian cattle producers tour Idaho

Idaho Agriculture Department hosted Russianbeef cattle producers in hopes of building relationships that will lead to cattle and semen sales in the... More


Study: $87 million in rain damage to Idaho alfalfa

A new University of Idaho Extension report suggests $87 million is a conservative estimate of Idaho's hay crop losses due to rain damage this season. More

Six fields eligible for spud planting following clean testing

Six more Eastern Idaho farm fields that had been contaminated with pale cyst nematode are now eligible to be planted back in potatoes. More

Ag helps fuel Idaho’s economic growth

Idaho's gross state product grew at one of the fastest rates in the nation last year and a strong performance by the state's agricultural sector helped fuel that growth. The growth was highest in the state's rural counties, which depend heavily on agriculture. More

Idaho’s wildfire season ends after tame summer

None of the wildfires in Idaho grew to more than 156 square miles, which bucks a three-year trend the state held as having some of the nation’s largest and highest-priority wildfires since 2010. More

Solar project proposed in central Idaho

The project would produce about 1.1 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 160 homes. More

Network alerts Idaho, Oregon growers to outbreaks

A pest alert system created by university researchers has kept Southern Idaho and Eastern Oregon growers up to date on disease and pest outbreaks. The free network has 1,200 subscribers but researchers say it should have a lot more. More

East Idaho farm teaches fourth-graders about ag

Swore Farms in southeast Idaho has an annual tradition of inviting all of fourth-graders in the Pocatello-Chubbuck school district to come and learn about agriculture. More

Worker killed in explosion at Idaho dairy

The explosion occurred at about 6 a.m. Monday as 30-year-old Dayne A. Hansen of Rupert did welding work. More

Grant seeks to grow Idaho farm to school program

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture will use a $18,000 federal grant to conduct four events around the state designed to increase the amount of local food being included in school menus. More

Idaho cropland rent increases

Idaho farmers weren't surprised to hear that the average cost to rent irrigated cropland increased $20 an acre this year. The average rent expense for all cropland in Idaho is estimated at $151 an acre, an increase of $12 over 2013. More

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