Sean Ellis

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Idaho revises proposed changes to field burning program

- 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.

UI enters agreement to manage 10,400-acre Rock Creek Ranch

- University of Idaho has reached an agreement with environmental groups to manage a 10,400-acre working conservation ranch in Southcentral Idaho.

Seed company reaches settlement with Justice Department

- 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.

Boise Project Board of Control irrigators will have good water year

- 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.

Farmers worry who will control escaped genetically engineered bentgrass

- 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...

Researcher makes high-tech tools more valuable

- 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 appear early in Treasure Valley

- 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.

SW Idaho water outlook bright even as river flows decrease

- 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 concerns dominate water policy hearing

- 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’s 2017 field burning season could be reduced

- 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 attend community dairy tour in Idaho

- Hundreds of people learned the basics of dairy farming June 10 during a community dairy tour on the Jackson Family Farm in Meridian, Idaho.

Plaque honors late director of Idaho’s Mexico trade office

- 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 groups, health advocates spar over crop burning

- Farm and environmental groups are further apart than initially thought on a proposal to amend the standards of Idaho's crop residue burning program.

Idaho receives fewer specialty crop grant applications than usual

- 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.

University of Idaho ag dean ‘fully committed’ to Parma station

- 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...

Reward offered in stock dog poisoning case

- 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.

Owyhee Irrigation District growers will get full allotment

- 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.

14 stock dogs in southwest Idaho poisoned with strychnine

- Someone has intentionally poisoned 14 stock and sheep guarding dogs in Southwestern Idaho this spring. Most of those dogs have died.

Idaho dry bean industry debating nightshade field standard

- 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...

Ranchers say outgoing Idaho Cattle Association leader will be greatly missed

- 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

Alarm sounded over white top infestation in Malheur County

- 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.

Effort to amend Idaho’s crop residue burning program advance

- 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.

Elected officials learn water basics during inaugural Water College

- 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.

Protesters demand justice for Idaho rancher killed by deputies

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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.

Cost of raising Arrowrock Dam outweighs water supply, flood control benefits, study finds

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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...

Dry bean acres expected to be down slightly in Idaho

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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...

Relentless winds cause headaches for Treasure Valley growers

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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.

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Stripe rust detected early from Eastern Idaho to Eastern Oregon

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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 attempting to understand spotted wing drosophila

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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...

Idaho proposes changes to its crop residue burning program

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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 research station gets state-of-the-art cold storage facility

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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, ...

Researchers test almonds in Idaho

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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 ...

Idaho-Oregon onion acres expected to increase in 2016

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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 FFA helps thousands of children learn about farming

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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.

The school...

Idaho sheep video gets 262,000 YouTube views

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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...

Engineering firm designing fix for ailing Malheur Siphon

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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...

Idaho hop growers to add hundreds of new acres in 2016

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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)...

Farm groups help University of Idaho ag college exceed fundraising goal

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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...