Sean Ellis

Boise, Idaho, Reporter
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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.

Grant to improve irrigation water quality, quantity

- A $500,000 grant will help farmers near Parma, Idaho, conserve water and improve water quality.

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...