Sean Ellis

Boise, Idaho, Reporter
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New water group comes out swinging over flood control releases

- Treasure Valley water users will conduct a full-court press in their fight against the state's decision to count flood control releases in the Boise River system against reservoir storage rights.

University of Idaho researchers to conduct major dry bean study

- A specialty crop grant awarded to the Idaho Bean Commission will allow University of Idaho researchers to conduct experiments aimed at developing weed management strategies for dry bean production.

Field day provides glimpse of how onion varieties fare against each other

- About 100 onion growers and industry representatives attended the Oregon State University onion variety field day Aug. 25 to see how the valley's main onion varieties fared against each other.

New regional bean group will apply for federal grant dollars

- A newly formed regional bean research consortium will apply for a significant amount of federal grant money available for multi-state specialty crop groups.

Idaho partnership helps refugees learn how to farm

- A Boise farmers' market and agricultural training program are teaming up to help refugees learn how to farm.

Researcher tries to reduce cattle feed costs with onion slurry

- An Oregon State University researcher is studying whether onion slurry can be used to help reduce cattle producers' winter feed costs. If successful, the project could also benefit the onion industry in Eastern Oregon and S...

Adoption of re-introduced dry bean herbicide slower than hoped

- A re-introduced herbicide that helps dry bean growers fight the troublesome nightshade weed has so far not been as widely adopted as distributors and the company that makes it had hoped it would be.

Feds hope to ramp up native plant seed production

- Federal officials have announced a national strategy that seeks to build a network of seed collectors, farmers, nurseries and researchers to ensure a reliable supply of seed is available to restore landscapes following natu...

Idaho hop production to increase 51 percent in 2015

- Hop acres and total production will be up significantly in Idaho this year.

Owyhee Project Oregon irrigators nearly out of water

- Water will stop flowing through the Owyhee Irrigation District's 400 miles of canals and laterals in about 10 days, about two months earlier than normal.

Idaho, Oregon ranchers fighting one of nation’s largest wildfires

- A large fire in Southwestern Idaho has destroyed tens of thousands of acres of grazing land and is threatenening ranches and cows.

Group says Boise River enhancement plan won’t harm agriculture

- Members of a Boise valley network that is trying to improve and protect the Boise River told irrigators Aug. 10 that their plan will be designed to protect and not harm agriculture.

Grant boosts Idaho Wine Commission’s promotion, education efforts

- The Idaho Wine Commission will use an $88,000 grant to help fund a host of marketing, promotional and educational efforts.

Onion field trial seeks optimal thrip-control program

- An onion field trial at Oregon State University's Malheur County experiment station is trying to help growers find the optimum mix of insecticides to control onion thrips.

Idaho farm personal income drops 18 percent in first quarter

- Total personal income in Idaho's farming sector declined 18 percent during the first three months of 2015, an 18 percent drop compared with the final three months of 2014.

Wine industry gears up for launch of pending AVA

- Idaho's wine industry and economic development officials are teaming up to promote the pending Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area when it is approved.

Former rancher creates rock with names of 105 old cattle brands

- A sandstone rock in Fairfield, Idaho, that has the logos of 105 cattle brands is catching the attention of the state's ranching industry.

Scientists and the public far apart on safety of GMO food

- Scientists and the public are far apart in their beliefs when it comes to assessing the safety of genetically modified crops.

Scavenger hunt teaches kids the source of their food

- At the Canyon County fair in Idaho, children learn about agriculture by collecting the ingredients for their breakfast.

E. Oregon camelina trials look more promising during persistent drought

- Oregon State University field trials have shown that camelina can be grown at a small profit in Eastern Oregon, with no irrigation water.

Soda Springs rancher appointed to Idaho Senate

- Soda Springs rancher and farmer Mark Harris has been appointed to the Idaho Senate by Gov. Butch Otter.

Bulb onion prices have risen rapidly since winter

- After falling to break-even levels this winter, onion prices have increased sharply.

New Idaho group will represent Treasure Valley water users

- Water delivery entities in Southwestern Idaho have joined forces to create a Treasure Valley Water Users Association.

Downtown cattle drive highlights ICA’s 100th birthday

- The mood was celebratory as a few hundred Idaho Cattle Association members celebrated the group's 100th birthday in Boise July 14-18.

Researcher helps onion growers tackle major issues

- Oregon State University extension agent Stuart Reitz is helping the area's onion, potato and other growers find answers to several pest and disease challenges they face. Much of his work focuses on integrated pest managemen...

2015 shaping up to be stellar year for cattle, expert says

- Cow-calf producers are enjoying another stellar profit year, but 2015 is a little tougher than 2014 for stockers and feedlots. That was the message Idaho Cattle Association members heard during a July 15 presentation on the...

Wandering wolf unlikely to return to Malheur County

- A lone wolf that unexpectedly hung out in a part of Malheur County that is not ideal habitat for the animal is not likely to return, says an Oregon wolf biologist.

Onion assessment cut in half for Oregon, Idaho growers

- The assessment fee paid by onion growers in Eastern Oregon and Southwestern Idaho who are under a federal marketing order has been cut from 10 cents per hundredweight to 5 cents.

Irrigation water outlook varies in Treasure Valley

- Irrigation supplies will last until October for many farmers in the Treasure Valley area but others will see their water run out early this year.

Treasure Valley groups explore growing pumpkin seed for snacks

- Researchers and an economic development organization are exploring whether pumpkin seed for snacks could be an economically viable crop in Eastern Oregon and Southwestern Idaho.

16 Idaho specialty crop projects share $1.7 million in funding

- The Idaho State Department of Agriculture will provide $1.7 million this year to 16 projects designed to benefit the state's specailty crop industries.

New Idaho law protects info of farmers, ranchers in conservation agreements

- A new Idaho law that went into effect July 1 will protect the personal information of farmers and ranchers who enter into voluntary agreements with soil conservation districts to protect sage grouse.

Idaho’s table grape yields reduced but better than expected

- Idaho table grapes survived a bitter November cold snap better than anticipated.

Nine-day heat wave finally breaks in Treasure Valley

- Farmers in Eastern Oregon and Southwestern Idaho are on the lookout for increased disease and insect pressure following nine straight days of high temperatures above 100 degrees.

Idaho leadership program seeks more farmers, ranchers

- Leadership Idaho Agriculture officials are asking the state's commodity commissions and farm associations to become more engaged in the leadership development program.