Sean Ellis

Boise, Idaho, Reporter
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Wheat growers oppose dam breaching during public scoping meeting

- Wheat growers and members of other ag industries are being encouraged to participate in a public comment process and make their opinions known on the operation of the Columbia-Snake river system.

Farm Bureau leaders: Election results show power of rural America

- Idaho Farm Bureau Federation leaders pointed to the results of the recent national election to show IFBF members what can be accomplished when rural America makes its voice heard.

New lawmaker hopes to improve technology infrastructure in rural Idaho

- Improving technology infrastructure, exploring the transfer of federal lands to state management and curbing federal regulations are some of the top priorities for the new Idaho lawmakers who are farmers or ranchers.

Idaho ag industry happy with pick to lead experiment station

- Idaho farm industry leaders say they are happy that Mark McGuire has taken over as director of the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station, which oversees the University of Idaho's nine research and extension centers.

Hunting stops growth in Idaho’s wolf population

- A Boise State University poll shows that Idahoans overwhelmingly support hunting wolves. Support for hunting as a wolf management tool was strong across all areas of the state.

Idaho Wheat Commission fully funds $1 million endowments

- Two $1 million research endowments created by the Idaho Wheat Commission in 2012 are now fully funded, five years ahead of schedule.

Expert: Dairymen should get ready for rising milk prices

- Milk prices are on their way up and will continue to climb over the next several years, an economist told Idaho dairymen during their annual convention.

U.S. sheep producers challenged to meet big goals

- A guest speaker at the West Central States Wool Growers Convention set some high goals for the sheep industry. Sheep growers who attended the annual meeting embraced his challenge and said they are optimistic about their in...

Dairy wins Idaho milk quality award for third time

- A southeastern Idaho dairy has won the state's milk quality award for the third time.

East Idaho producer inducted into Idaho Dairy Hall of Fame

- The owner of one of Idaho's smallest dairy operations, who has been involved with the industry for 62 years, has been inducted into the Idaho Dairy Hall of Fame.

Idaho will have its first hop pellet plant next year

- Work on what will be Idaho's first hop pelletizing facility began Nov. 17 just north of Wilder in the heart of the state's hop-growing region.

$200,000 OK’d for Treasure Valley aquifer recharge study

- The Idaho Water Resource has approved funds for a study that will assess the feasibility of using recharge to manage the Treasure Valley aquifer.

Idaho governor hopes to soon announce deals resulting from China trade mission

- Participants of an Idaho trade mission to China said that market is ripe with opportunities for products produced by the state's agricultural community.

Northwest water year starts with record rainfall

- The water season in Idaho and around the Pacific Northwest got off to a great start in September and October with record amounts of precipitation in many areas.

Idaho Legislature gains several new farmers, ranchers

- Several farmers and ranchers won seats in the Idaho Legislature Nov. 8 and many more were re-elected.

Proposed Idaho sorghum facility will address concerns

- Backers of a planned $90 million sorghum processing facility near Parma, Idaho, will amend their plans to meet concerns raised by local residents.

Trump victory encourages Owyhee monument opponents

- Opponents of a proposed national monument designation in Malheur County, Oregon, say they are more encouraged by Donald Trump's presidential victory.

Idaho winegrape crop bounces back from small 2015 harvest

- Idaho's 2016 winegrape yields are up significantly over last year's crop, which was impacted by extremely cold weather in November 2014.

Poll shows strong urban support for Idaho agriculture

- Residents in Idaho's main population center have a very favorable view of agriculture and rate it as the region's most important economic sector.

Much of Idaho’s dry bean crop still in the field

- A wetter than normal fall has delayed the harvest of a substantial portion of Idaho's dry bean crop and growers are scrambling to get their remaining fields harvested.

Wheat commission seeks grower contact information

- The Idaho Wheat Commission has proposed a rule that would allow it to collect the names and addresses of all wheat growers in the state. The IWC is the only commission in wheat growing states without that ability.

New community hastens loss of Ada County farmland

- A 1,750-home planned community in Boise is driving one of the valley's most iconic farms to adjacent Canyon County and has put a spotlight on Ada County's rapid loss of farmland.

Idaho’s proposed field burning changes under fire

- Environmental groups and public health advocates have attacked proposed changes to Idaho's field burning program and said they would do everything in their power to stop them from moving forward.

USDA official learns about Idaho’s farm-to-school efforts

- The USDA undersecretary who oversees federal food and nutrition programs visited an Idaho school district Oct. 27 and said the agency will continue to expand national farm to school efforts.

Idaho wheat production rebounds because of record yields

- Idaho wheat production in 2016 was up substantially over the past two years thanks to record yields but low prices have put a damper on the enthusiasm.

Dixie Drain phosphorus removal draws interest

- A unique project by the city of Boise that prevents a large amount of phosphorus from reaching the Boise and Snake rivers could spur similar projects that could result in farmers receiving financial benefits for implementin...

University of Idaho’s ag dean joins trade mission to China

- Michael Parrella, who took over as dean of University of Idaho's college of agriculture this year, will join Idaho farm industry representatives on a governor's trade mission to China Oct. 28-Nov. 5.

Idaho farm commodity reps join governor on trade mission to China

- Representatives of several Idaho farm commodities and agribusinesses will join Gov. Butch Otter on a trade mission to China Oct. 28-Nov. 5. China is Idaho's third largest market for agricultural exports.

Idaho-Eastern Oregon region produced more, bigger onions in 2016

- The 2016 Idaho-Eastern Oregon onion crop was a quality one and size profiles are larger than normal, according to farmers and industry leaders.

Rangeland fire associations improve ranchers’ relationship with BLM

- The relationship between Idaho ranchers and BLM firefighters, once contentious, has improved greatly since the introduction of rangeland fire protection associations, voluntary groups that are trained to assist federal and ...

Western governors’ initiative seeks to improve forest, rangeland management

- A Western Governor's Association initiative brings state, federal, local and industry leaders together to seek solutions to improve forest and rangeland management.

Alternative fruit crops showing promise Idaho

- A southwestern Idaho fruit researcher is reporting positive results among the large number of alternative fruit crops he is experimenting with to see if they can be grown economically in Idaho.

Owyhee Reservoir irrigators finally get full allotment

- A full irrigation allotment for the first time in four years has helped farmers in Oregon and Idaho who depend on the Owyhee Reservoir start to get back to their normal rotations.

Organic produce sales soar double digits in second quarter

- A quarterly report shows organic produce sales in the U.S. soared during the second quarter of 2016 compared with the same period last year. Sales and volume were both up double digits.

Advocate: Idaho has urgent need to preserve farmland

- A year-long effort that will seek to find solutions to slow the rapid loss of farm ground in Idaho's Treasure Valley kicked off this week with presentations by the architect of Delaware's farmland preservation program.

Scotts helps growers identify escaped GE creeping bentgrass

- During an outrech meeting Oct. 10, Scotts Miracle-Gro officials showed farmers and other locals how to identify a genetically engineered creeping bentgrass that has taken root in the area.

Farm commodity price drop impacts Idaho GDP

- Agriculture's contribution to Idaho's gross domestic product has fallen significantly during the last year.