Sean Ellis

Boise, Idaho, Reporter
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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...

Water outlook in Eastern Oregon continues to improve

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ONTARIO, Ore. — Farmers who depend on the Owyhee Reservoir will receive more irrigation water in 2016 than they have the past two years combined.

As a result, they are planting more high-water — and m...

Idaho ag department gives overview of food safety rules

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ONTARIO, Ore. — Idaho and Oregon farmers were given an overview of FDA’s new Food Safety Modernization Act rules April 26 during a meeting hosted by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

FDA ...

Idaho delivers equipment to Rangeland Fire Protection Associations

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BOISE — The Idaho Department of Lands delivered four wildland firefighting engines and five “slip-in” units to five of the state’s six Rangeland Fire Protection Associations April 25.

Th...

New AVA created for Northwestern Idaho and Eastern Washington

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BOISE — Wineries and grape growers in Northwestern Idaho and part of Eastern Washington now have their own American Viticultural Area, which is a specific grape-growing region that is federally recognized as uniqu...

Sales of re-introduced dry bean herbicide slower than expected

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HOMEDALE, Idaho — First-year sales of Eptam 20G, an herbicide that was returned to the market last year at the urging of Idaho’s dry bean industry, were slower than anticipated.

Gowan Co. stopped manu...

Putting every drop of water to use

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As El Nino was producing some powerful storms this winter, officials from a water district serving farms just outside of Sacramento got an idea.

They opened the gates of a swelling Cache Creek and let the flood wat...

ISDA plans meeting on food safety rules

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ONTARIO, Ore. — Idaho State Department of Agriculture officials will provide an overview of the new Food Safety Modernization Act rules and how they will impact agriculture, during an April 26 meeting.

Accor...

Onion shippers take on more marketing efforts

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ONTARIO, Ore. — When the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee cut its checkoff assessment in half last year, it slashed the budget for its promotion committee, from $635,000 a year to $250,000.

The region&#x...

Oregon onion growers receive permission to apply herbicide through drip systems

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ONTARIO, Ore. — Onion growers in Malheur County in Eastern Oregon have joined their Idaho counterparts in receiving special permission to apply an important herbicide through drip irrigation systems.

Idaho ...

Nampa fruit processor begins buying Idaho apples

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NAMPA, Idaho — Materne North America’s fruit processing facility in Nampa is growing rapidly and has started buying apples from Idaho orchards.

“This past harvest we worked with two local growe...

Band of 2,450 sheep graze their way through Boise foothills

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BOISE — A curious group of onlookers watched as 2,450 domestic sheep were unloaded from trucks into the rolling Boise foothills April 12.

Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission officials alerted Boise residents...

Idaho specialty crop grant program modified, but funding stays the same

- The application process for Idaho's specialty crop grant program has been altered this year but the state will again receive $1.9 million in federal funding for the program.

Processing facility to be built in Idaho

- A proposed food processing facility that was denied a conditional use permit in Canyon County, Idaho, will instead locate about 40 miles away in Washington County.

SW Idaho farm labor market tightening significantly

- Many farmers in southwestern Idaho are having a hard time finding enough workers this year and are having to pay the employees they do have more money to keep them.

Idaho animal cruelty bill may not stop ballot initiative

- Idaho farm groups and Humane Society of the United States are happy with a bill that toughens the state's animal cruelty statute. Whether it is enough to ward off a ballot initiative remains to be seen.

Ranchers pack Jordan Valley gym to oppose monument plan

- About 300 ranchers and other local residents packed the Jordan Valley high school gymnasium April 3 to sound off on a proposal to designate 2.5 million acres of Malheur County as a national monument.

Idaho onion growers get big boost against nutsedge weed

- Idaho onion growers have received special permission to use an herbicide that is effective in controlling the yellow nutsedge weed in drip irrigation systems. Oregon growers are awaiting similar permission.

White paper outlines dyed diesel concerns

- Efforts to create a dyed diesel enforcement program in Idaho stalled this legislative session. However, the issue is expected to resurface next year.

Owyhee district will start water April 4

- Owyhee Irrigation District board members have decided to start the system a week earlier than initially planned.

Treasure Valley growth projects worry water managers

- Water demand in the Treasure Valley area of Southwestern Idaho is expected to increase dramatically in the coming decades, a recent study shows.

2016 Idaho Legislature positive for ag, industry leaders say

- There weren't many major ag-related bills during the 2016 Idaho Legislature, which ended March 25. But there were a lot of lesser bills that will benefit farmers and ranchers, industry leaders said.