Boise, Idaho, Reporter
- Idaho farm group representatives and public health advocates have one more negotiated rulemaking meeting to try to iron out their differences over proposed changes to the state's crop residue burning program.
- University of Idaho has reached an agreement with environmental groups to manage a 10,400-acre working conservation ranch in Southcentral Idaho.
- An Idaho-based seed company has agreed to pay a $200,000 civil penalty to resolve U.S. Justice Department allegations that its employment eligibility verification requirements discriminated against non-U.S. citizens.
- Irrigators in Southwestern Idaho and a small part of Eastern Oregon who get their water from the Boise Project Board of Control are looking at a good water year.
- Genetically engineered creeping bentgrass escaped from field trials near Malheur and Jefferson counties in 2003. Thirteen years later, some farmers in these areas are concerned that they will soon be left on the hook for co...
- A southwestern Idaho researcher is using technology such as unmanned aerial vehicles and robotics to try to help farmers manage their crops while reducing input costs.
- Onion thrips, which can transmit a plant virus that can devastate onion fields, have been detected in Treasure Valley fields much earlier than normal the past few years.
- The 2016 water outlook for irrigators in Southwestern Idaho is still good, although some water supply managers are a little concerned about a recent drop in river levels.
- Environmental interests dominated the first of seven public hearings to be held on a draft sustainability policy that will be added to Idaho's state water plan.
- Idaho farm groups aer urging state environmental regulators to speed up the process of amending the state's crop residue burning program to avoid a major disruption to the 2017 burn season.
- Hundreds of people learned the basics of dairy farming June 10 during a community dairy tour on the Jackson Family Farm in Meridian, Idaho.
- A memorial plaque honoring Armando Orellana, the long-time manager of Idaho's Mexico trade office who passed away in March, now hangs on the wall of the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho.
- Farm and environmental groups are further apart than initially thought on a proposal to amend the standards of Idaho's crop residue burning program.
- The Idaho State Department of Agriculture received fewer applications than normal this year for specialty crop grant funds but the total request for funding was higher than last year.
- The University of Idaho is fully committed to the Parma research and extension station, new CALS dean Michael Parrella told industry members and researchers June 2. The station was slated for closure in 2009 but has been re...
- A $5,000 reward has been offered for information that leads to the conviction of the person responsible for poisoning 14 stock dogs in Southwestern Idaho with strychnine.
- The 1,800 farms in Eastern Oregon and part of southwestern Idaho that depend on the Owyhee Reservoir will receive a full alllotment of irrigation water for the first time in several years.
- Someone has intentionally poisoned 14 stock and sheep guarding dogs in Southwestern Idaho this spring. Most of those dogs have died.
- Idaho's dry bean industry is mulling whether to adopt a field standard for the troublesome nightshade weed. Other states have recently adopted one and proponents of the idea say it's needed to ensure the state's bean seed i...
- Wyatt Prescott, who has led the Idaho Cattle Association for the past six years, is leaving that position but still plans to be involved in policy development work for the state's cattle and farming industries
- White top, a noxious weed, has exploded in Malheur County this year and researchers and weed control officials are sounding the alarm and asking for landowners' help in controlling it.
- Idaho environmental regulators are working with farmers and public health advocates to amend the state's crop residue burning program to avoid a drastic reduction in the number of allowable burn days.
- About 20 elected officials attended Southwester Idaho's first-ever Water College, where they learned about water rights and the importance of the Boise River reservoir system that delivers water to the Treasure Valey area.
BOISE — A rally to demand justice for Jack Yantis, the Adams County rancher who was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies last year, was held in front of the Idaho attorney general’s office May 20.
BOISE — The benefits of raising Arrowrock Dam — decreased flood risk and increased water supply on the Boise River system — do not equal the costs, Idaho Water Resource Board members were told by fed...
NAMPA, Idaho — Dry bean acres could be down this year compared with 2015 in Idaho but not as much as many people expected just a few months ago.
“I’m hearing they’re...
NAMPA, Idaho — Persistent winds for more than a month have created headaches for Treasure Valley growers in Idaho and Oregon, making it a struggle for them to spray their crops and keep the ground wet.
PARMA, Idaho — Stripe rust in wheat has been detected from Eastern Idaho to Eastern Oregon and growers are being advised to check their fields closely for signs of the disease.
The disease, which can cause ...
Researchers around the Pacific Northwest continue to trap for and try to better understand the spotted wing drosophila, an exotic fruit fly that attacks a wide variety of fruit crops.
The pest continues to be found...
BOISE — Proposed changes to Idaho’s crop residue burning program are meant to ensure the number of allowable burn days for farmers isn’t drastically decreased.
Representatives of Idaho farm and...
PARMA, Idaho — Researchers at the University of Idaho’s Parma experiment station now have access to a state-of-the-art cold storage facility.
The $500,000 facility, which recently became operational, ...
PARMA, Idaho — Researchers have planted an almond orchard trial in response to a large number of inquiries from commercial growers who want to know if that crop can grow well here.
Essie Fallahi, who heads ...
NYSSA, Ore. — Farmers in the nation’s largest onion-growing region will have a normal water supply for the first time in three years, and acres are expected to increase as a result.
Farmers in Southwe...
KUNA, Idaho — About 4,000 first and second graders from throughout the Treasure Valley received a hands-on farming experience May 2-5 during Kuna High School’s annual agricultural expo.
WILDER, Idaho — A 23-minute video about Idaho sheep has generated a lot of attention on YouTube and nobody is quite sure why.
The video has been viewed more than 262,000 times since it was posted in June 201...
ONTARIO, Ore. — Part of the 80-year-old Malheur Siphon, which carries irrigation water to thousands of acres in Malheur County, is starting to fail.
As a result, the Owyhee Irrigation District has hired an e...
WILDER, Idaho — Idaho’s hop acreage continues to expand at a robust rate, with growers planning to add hundreds of additional acres this year.
“It’s still a pretty positive (environment)...
MOSCOW, Idaho — University of Idaho’s first foray into social media fundraising was a success for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and its new dean.
The college raised $30,425 from 143 d...