Sean Ellis

Boise, Idaho, Reporter
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Lawsuit could impact Idaho agriculture

- A pending lawsuit targeting Idaho Wildlife Services could impact Idaho agriculture since 88 percent of the agency's funding is used to protect agriculture, especially livestocck producers, from predators.

Galloway project could help Idaho farmers

- Public comment during a Sept. 11 meeting on the proposed Galloway Dam project was decidedly against it, but farmers say it would greatly aid growers and other water users throughout the state.

Idaho farm groups fund road safety PSA

- Last year was one of the deadliest in recent memory in Idaho for fatal crashes involving automobiles and farm equipment and two farm bureau groups have teamed up with the Idaho State Police on a public service announcement ...

Grant funds test plot for Idaho hops

- Idaho hop growers hope a $68,250 specialty crop grant that will be used to create a central test plot for new varieties will help them avoid planting new varieties that don't perform well in Idaho.

Bean industry applauds return of Eptam 20G

- Gowan Co. will resume production of Eptam 20G for bean growers in the Pacific Northwest. Many bean growers say the herbicide, which was discontinued in 2008, was one of their best tools for controlling the weed nightshade. ...

Free pesticide disposal set for Eastern Oregon farmers

- A first-ever free pesticide collection event for agricultural producers in Eastern Oregon will be held Oct. 22 in Ontario. There is a 500-pound limit per registrant and farmers have to pre-register.

Idaho hop production forecast to be up 42 percent

- Rising demand from the craft brewing industry is behind an anticipated 42 percent increase in Idaho hop production this year. That increase comes on top of a 39 percent increase in 2013.

Mexico trade rep to meet with Idaho companies

- Mexico is one of Idaho's fastest growing markets for agricultural products and the state's trade representative to that country will be available to meet with Idaho businesses that are interested in trying to sell their pro...

Sides disagree on meaning of ‘ag gag’ lawsuit ruling

- Supporters of Idaho's Agricultural Security Act say a judge's ruling not to dismiss a federal lawsuit against the law wasn't a decision on the merits of the case, while opponents hailed it as a win for the plaintiffs.

Study looks at soil characteristics of Idaho wine region

- The soil characteristics of the Sunny Slope wine region in southwestern Idaho will be analyzed during an 18-month study financed by a specialty crop grant. Industry leaders believe this project could help Idaho attract more...

New Idaho board provides $225,000 to control wolves

- Idaho Wildlife Services will receive $225,000 from the new Idaho wolf depredation board this year to help fund its wolf control efforts. The USDA agency has lost about $700,000 in funding since 2009, which has reduced its ...

$113,000 grant could help Idaho apple growers

- A $113,000 specialty crop grant awarded through the Idaho State Department of Agriculture will help University of Idaho researchers continue an orchard trial designed to help apple growers improve their bottom line.

OSU looks at possible remediation for water rule

- Oregon State University researchers are experimenting with different ways to help onion growers in the Treasure Valley area deal with possible new federal rules that would limit how much generic E. coli bacteria can be pres...

Grant allows Nyssa ag program to build greenhouse

- A $25,000 grant from Monsanto Corp. will allow the small farming community of Nyssa, Ore., to build a modern greenhouse that will include the advanced equipment necessary to allow the high school's ag education students to ...

More than 100 attend onion variety trial

- More than 100 onion growers, seed dealers and other industry representatives attended Oregon State University's onion variety trial field day Aug. 26. The event provides participants a chance to judge 50 different onion var...

Idaho’s bean harvest off to good start

- With harvest under way, Idaho farmers say this year's bean crop looks good but there are concerns about possible mold issues in the Magic Valley area because of heavy August rains.

First Idaho vineyard LIVE certified

- The first vineyard in Idaho to be Low Input Viticulture and Enology certified could lead to more vineyards and wineries in the state seeking the industry standard that verifies they are using good stewardship practices.

Idaho ag exports up 16 percent during first half

- The value of Idaho dairy products sold abroad rose 52 percent to $213 million during the first half of 2014 and led a 16 percent increase in the value of Idaho ag exports.

Spearmint oil assessment rate goes down

- The assessment fee for spearmint oil produced in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and parts of Nevada and Utah has been decreased from 10 cents to 9 cents a pound.

Russia import ban will have small impact on Idaho

- Russia's ban on U.S. agricultural products will have a minimal impact on Idaho because live cattle, which aren't on the ban list, make up 90 percent of the state's total exports to that country.

Owyhee system almost out of water

- The Owyhee Irrigation District is almost out of water, which means many farmers in Eastern Oregon will have their irrigation water shut off two months earlier than normal.

Hundreds view ‘Farmland’ in Idaho

- Hundreds of people were provided an opportunity to learn about American and Idaho agriculture Aug. 6 during the Idaho premiere of "Farmland," a feature-length documentary film that offers a glimpse into the lives of six you...

Melba lands $8,000 grant for ag program

- The Melba School District will use an $8,000 grant from Monsanto Corp. to build a greenhouse that will allow instructors to provide ag program students a hands-on learning experience about agriculture.

Sugar beet growers deal with glyphosate-resistant kochia

- Lab tests have confirmed that kochia weeds found in sugar beet fields in the Treasure Valley area of Idaho and Oregon are resistant to the weed killer Roundup.

Idaho-Oregon onion fest regaining steam

- More than $1,000 in cash prizes were handed out during the revived Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Fesitval, which organizers hope to turn back into the marquee event it once was.

Study offers proposals for cultivating agritourism

- A 184-page report prepared by University of Idaho law students offers 20 proposals for growing agritourism in Idaho. It also discusses legal issues faced by agritourism operators around the nation and looks at ways to prote...

Onion virus pressure not as severe as last year

- Onion growers in southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon haven't had near the pressure from iris yellow spot virus this year as they did in 2013. Industry experts say that could have something to do with farmers spraying earl...

Grant will fund onion promotion in Mexico, Latin America

- A $40,000 grant obtained by the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee will be used to market and promote the big bulb onions grown in this area in Mexico and Latin America. The grant will fund in-store promotions and three t...

Camelina shows promise in Eastern Oregon

- While Eastern Oregon farmers are facing one of the tightest ever water years in their area this season, field trials at Oregon State University's Malheur County experiment station are showing that camelina could be a source...

Forecast: Idaho wheat production slightly lower

- Idaho wheat production may be down slightly this year but industry members say growing conditions have been excellent and they expect a quality crop in 2014.

‘Farmland’ film set for Boise Aug. 6

- A panel of Idaho farmers and ranchers will discuss agricultural issues and answer questions from the audience following a screening of the documentary film, "Farmland," in Boise Aug. 6. Idaho ag community pitched in to rais...

Lake Lowell water rapidly declining

- Farmers in southwestern Idaho have been asked to voluntarily conserve water in an effort to avoid a possible shortage at Lake Lowell near Nampa.

JUMP facility will house 52 antique tractors

- A $70 million facility being constructed in downtown Boise will house 52 antique tractors that will help serve as a reminder of Idaho's farming roots. The building is being funded by the J.R. Simplot family.

Growers slow to warm to frozen hops

- Hop growers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho ,the nation's top hop producing states, have been slow to warm to the idea of freezing instead of drying hops. A South Dakota man who is pushing the idea may shift the focus of hi...