Sean Ellis

Boise, Idaho, Reporter
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Idaho study seeks optimum harvest, storage dates for peaches, nectarines

- University of Idaho fruit researchers have received grant funding for a project they believe could take peach and nectarine production in Idaho to a higher level.

Idaho farmers concerned about clout of ‘Great State of Ada’

- As Idaho's population shifts from rural to urban areas, many farmers worry that agriculture is slowly losing its clout in the legislature.

‘Geeks meet dirt’ as Idaho company seeks farm solutions

- New Idaho company Kairosys has set a template for how the state's hi-tech and agricultural industries can work together to benefit farmers.

Idaho mulling options following listing of tiny desert plant

- Idaho is weighing its options after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent decision to again list a plant found only in southwestern Idaho as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Levy considered to fund Ada conservation easements

- People who support efforts to preserve farmland in southwestern Idaho are mulling the possibility of asking voters to pass a farmland preservation levy.

States will receive millions to help implement produce safety rule

- State departments of agriculture will receive grants from the FDA to help implement the agency's new produce safety rule. Most states will receive several million dollars over five years.

Idaho ag dean supports investing in new Parma facilities

- More than 1,000 people attended the annual Fruit Field Day event at University of Idaho's Parma research station. The event highlights the studies being conducted on fruit crops at the Parma station.

Costa Rican farmers ‘amazed’ with Idaho dry bean seed industry

- Four dry bean industry representatives from Costa Rica toured southern Idaho Sept. Sept. 14-15 and said they were amazed at the state's bean seed certification program.

Idaho cropland rent increased in 2016, bucking national trend

- Despite declining in neighboring states and around the country, cropland rental expenses in Idaho increased 6 percent in 2016, according to USDA data.

Corn maze allows people inside Jimmy Fallon’s head

- A Meridian, Idaho, farmer known for his unique and clever corn maze designs has chosen the image of comedian Jimmy Fallon this year, while Star Trek and themes supporting police officers are popular corn maze designs around...

UI’s annual farm estimates close to USDA numbers

- Annual January forecasts by University of Idaho ag economists on how Idaho agriculture fared the previous year have turned out to be pretty accurate for most commodities.

Ag vendors at Idaho’s largest market doing fine after split

- Farm vendors at Idaho's largest farmers market say they have no regrets about remaining there when a few dozen of their fellow farmers split and formed their own market four seasons ago.

Maine monument’s creation concerns Malheur County ranchers

- A group formed to fight a proposed national monument in Malheur County, Oregon, is getting its message out. But the president's recent designation of a national monument in Maine has them more concerned.

Western Innovator: Dietitian presents dairy’s case

- United Dairymen of Idaho dietitian Crystal Wilson is constantly looking for ways to arm physicians, coaches, educators and other "thought leaders" with the latest scientific evidence about dairy nutrition.

Idaho DEQ proposes unusual plan to address field burning changes

- Idaho environmental regulators have come up with a special plan to expedite changes to the state's crop residue burning program to ensure farmers who use field burning as an economic tool aren't unduly burdened during the 2...

Former ag secretaries to present cases for Clinton, Trump

- Two former secretaries of agriculture will advocate for the election of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump Sept. 14 during an event attended by produce industry leaders.

Judge rules against Idaho irrigators on flood control accounting

- A district judge has ruled that the Idaho Department of Water Resources director is correct in his decision to count flood control releases from Boise River reservoirs against stored water rights.

Idaho leads the West in per capita farm income

- Idaho ranked third among the 11 Western states in farm cash receipts and net farm income in 2015, behind California and Washington. Oregon ranked fifth in both categories.

Campaign explores farmland preservation in Idaho’s Treasure Valley

- A year-long effort in southwestern Idaho will explore various options to preserve farmland in the Treasure Valley, which faces heavy development pressure.

Idaho farmers try to unlock secret of producing truffles

- The first farmer to plant truffle-innoculated trees in Idaho has found 300 of the expensive fungi this year.

Low commodity prices taking toll on U.S. farm income

- U.S. net farm income is expected to be down 11.5 percent in 2016 compared with 2015, according to a USDA forecast released Aug. 30.

East Idaho dairy expands home delivery to Treasure Valley

- An east Idaho dairy will deliver its milk and other dairy products 286 miles away to homes in southwestern Idaho. Reed Dairy's decision to expand into Idaho's largest urban area was driven in part by low milk prices.

Sorghum facility would provide farmers with stable rotation crop

- A planned sorghum processing facility near Parma, Idaho, is expected to benefit farmers and dairymen in the area.

Ag Pavilion educates thousands of fairgoers each year about Idaho farming

- The Agriculture Pavilion at the Western Idaho Fair teaches thousands of people each year about farming and provides them a better understanding of how farmers and ranchers produce the food they eat.

Idaho sorghum to be used in ‘paper’ products

- A planned $90 million project near Parma in southwestern Idaho will use sorghum produced by local farmers to create paper products for the food industry. It will also use cow and other agricultural waste to create biogas an...

Idaho judge dismisses case against business tax credit

- A tax reimbursement credit that was passed by the Idaho Legislature in 2014 with the support of farm groups has survived a court challenge by a company that claimed it harmed their business by helping a competitor.

Organic seed supply lags demand as industry grows

- A new report shows that the state of the nation's organic seed industry has improved in the last five years but it also says significant work still needs to be done to improve the quality and availability of organic seed.

Southwestern Idaho farmers raise pay to keep workers

- Agricultural producers in southwestern Idaho are having a difficult time finding workers and having to pay more to keep the laborers they do have.

National alfalfa alliance creates voluntary checkoff

- A new national alfalfa checkoff program will provide funds for public research into the nation's third most valuable crop.

Boise Farmers Market vendors have no regrets about 2013 split

- Farm vendors at the Boise Farmers Market say they have no regrets over their split from Idaho's largest farmers market four seasons ago and that vendors at both markets are co-existing well.

Idaho ag exports down 19 percent in first half of 2016

- The total value of Idaho farm exports through the first half of 2016 is down 19 percent from the same period last year and off 39 percent from two years ago.

Irrigation water should flow in SW Idaho until October

- Most farmers in the Treasure Valley region of southwestern Idaho will end up with a normal water supply this year.

Southcentral Idaho wineries, growers want their own AVA

- In an effort to promote their region to wine consumers, wineries and grape growers in Southcentral Idaho hope to obtain their own American Viticultural Area designation.

Idaho-Oregon onion growers seek cause of new plant disease

- Oregon State University researchers are trying to determine what is causing a new onion disease so they can figure out ways to help growers fight it.

Owyhee Reservoir could have carryover of160,000 acre-feet

- There could be 100,000 to 150,000 acre-feet of storage water left in the Owyhee Reservoir when this season ends, which would give growers a buffer heading into next season that they haven't enjoyed in awhile.

Beef, dairy groups host inaugural Idaho Sports Nutrition Symposium

- About 95 sports trainers, nutritionists and coaches attended the inaugural Idaho Sports Nutrition Symposium, sponsored by the state's dairy and beef industries.

USDA plans impact statement on deregulation of GE bentgrass

- The makers of a genetically engineered creeping bentgrass that escaped field trials and has taken root in two Oregon counties, have asked APHIS to deregulate the plant.