Sean Ellis

Boise, Idaho, Reporter
  • Phone 208-914-8264
  • Email Send Mail
  • Dep Newsroom

Grant aimed at helping Idaho’s table grape industry

- University of Idaho researchers have been awarded a $163,000 grant from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to try to improve the performance of table grapes in Idaho.

Community leaders, public tour Meridian dairy

- Community leaders and the public were taken on a tour of a third-generation dairy farm in Meridian, Idaho, on June 23. It was the latest effort by Idaho's dairy industry to give the public a closer look at how dairy operati...

Barley commission sets conservative budget for fiscal 2016

- The Idaho Barley Commission has set a conservative budget for fiscal year 2016 to try to rebuild its reserve fund following a severe drop in revenue in fiscal 2015 due to torrential rains last August that reduced the size o...

University of Idaho identifies more candidates in ag college dean search

- University of Idaho officials have expanded their search for a new dean for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences to include additional candidates. The university had originally intended to have a new dean in place ...

Treasure Valley farmers brace for eight-day heat wave

- Farmers in Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon are bracing for an eight-day stretch of 100-plus temperatures.

USDA educates library patrons about Idaho agriculture

- USDA's Idaho statistician has set up a display in the Boise Public Library that seeks to educate urban folks about the state's extensive agricultural production.

Spotted wing drosophila detected in SW Idaho

- An exotic fruit fly that was first detected in Idaho in 2012 appears to have gained a tentative foothold in the state and researchers are trying to determine how widespread it is.

APHIS won’t use methyl bromide in PCN eradication program

- USDA will not use methyl bromide this spring in its pale cyst nematode eradication program in East Idaho and growers affected by the quarantine are now questioning the viability of the program.

Iris virus detected early in Treasure Valley onion fields

- The iris yellow spot virus has been detected in commercial onion fields in Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon. The virus, which is transmited by thrips, can weaken the plant and affect onion bulb size.

Idaho Potato Commission rejects request to fire employee

- Idaho Potato Commission members have unanimously rejected a request to terminate IPC employee Pat Kole.

Boise Project increases 2015 water allotment significantly

- Southwestern Idaho farmers who get their irrigation water from the Boise Project Board of Control have had their 2015 allotment raised to 2.95 acre-feet.

Owyhee Irrigation District increases its water allotment

- The Owyhee Irrigation District has increased its 2015 water allotment to 1.6 acre-feet, up from 1.5 acre-feet but still well below the 4 acre-feet farmers get in normal water years.

Farm, technology sectors agree Idaho can be a leader in agtech

- Leaders in Idaho's agricultural and technology sectors met during a first-ever AgriTech Summit June 16 and discussed ways both sides could benefit from a close partnership between the top two sectors of the state's economy.

NRCS seeks farmers along lower Boise River for water quality initiative

- The Natural Resources Conservation Service is looking for more Idaho farmers who are interested in signing up for a voluntary water quality program designed to clean up the lower Boise River.

Researchers target glyphosate-resistant kochia weeds

- After confirming that weeds found in Treasure Valley sugar beet fields last year were resistant to glyphosate, researchers are now trying to help growers deal with them.

Ag in Classroom teacher tour Idaho farm country

- Twenty-nine teachers who participate in the state's Agricutlure in the Classroom program were taken on a two-day tour of farm country. They were impresssed by the sheer number of job opportunities involved with agriculture

Irrigators fight plan to count flood releases against water rights

- Irrigation entities in the Treasure Valley area of Southwestern Idaho are vowing to go to court if necessary if the state continues with its plan to count flood control releases against senior water right holders.

Idaho fruit growers seeing full extent of November cold snap

- Commercial fruit growers in Southwest Idaho are now beginning to see the full extent of the damage caused by record cold temperatures last November, and it's significant.

Two canal drownings increase urgency of safety campaigns

- Irrigation districts in Southwestern Idaho are again reminding people in the state's largest urban area to keep themselves and their children away from canals and ditches.

Mobile farmers’ market brings produce to Boise neighborhoods

- A new mobile farmers' market in Boise will bring fresh produce grown in the Treasure Valley directly to people who are least likely to be able to access and afford it. The city of Boise will provide a financial match on foo...

Idaho wine, dairy industries unite for promotion

- Idaho's wine and dairy industries teamed up during a free tasting event in downtown Boise June 2. June is Idaho wine month and it's also national dairy month.

Idaho governor announces first-ever AgriTech summit

- Leaders of Idaho's agricultural and technology sectors will discuss ways they can work together June 16 during an agritech summit in Boise.

Effort to create multi-state dry bean program picks up steam

- The effort to create a regional dry bean research program is picking up speed and those involved say it will definitely happen and sooner rather than later.

Idaho PCN Group calls for overhaul of federal quarantine

- Idaho PCN Group members called for the overhaul of a federal pale cyst nematode quarantine program during a conference call with Idaho Potato Commission members May 29. They also asked for the resignation of an IPC employee...

Idaho live animal exports soar during 2015 first quarter

- Sudan went on a buying spree of Idaho dairy cattle during the first quarter of 2015, purchasing $5.5 million worth of animals from Idaho producers.

Iris yellow spot virus detected in volunteer onions

- Oregon State University researchers have detected the iris yellow spot virus in volunteer onions in Eastern Oregon. The virus hasn't shown up in this year's crop yet but it's expected to soon.

Rains might add extra days to Owyhee Project water season

- A recent string of rainstorms has improved the water supply situation in Eastern Oregon, but farmers who get their water from the Owyhee Project still face a tough water year.

Wandering wolf leaves Malheur County for Grant County

- A lone wolf that took up residence in Malheur County for more than five weeks has moved West into Grant County.

Former anti-GMO crusader speaks about his conversion

- Several hundred people attended a presentation in Boise to hear how a former anti-GMO activist changed his mind and now supports the use of genetically engineered crops.

Governor, farm leaders say trade mission will benefit producers

- Members of an Idaho governor's trade mission to Mexico and Peru said they're hopeful more Idaho farm commodities will be sold in those countries as a result of the trip.

Proposal to eliminate ESPA boundary won’t return in 2016

- The 2015 Idaho Legislature rejected a proposed rule that could have subjected a significant amount of additional farmland to curtailment orders during future water calls. The rule will not be re-proposed, said the Idaho Dep...

Activist who converted to pro-GMO stance to speak in Boise

- An environmental activist and author who helped stoke the anti-GMO movement in Europe will speak in Boise May 19 about how he became a supporter of genetically engineered crops.

Ag leaders seek opportunities during trade mission to Mexico, Peru

- Gov.Butch Otter will be joined by representatives of several of Idaho's major farm commodities May 9-16 during a trade mission to Mexico and Peru.

Fruitland FFA chapter surprise winner of raffled antique tractor

- Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Fruitland FFA chapter in Southwestern Idaho now owns a restored antique tractor that was raffled off to raise money for the state's FFA programs.

Idaho commission denies request to build ethanol facility

- Canyon County commissioners voted 2-1 May 5 to deny a request for a conditional use permit to build an ethanol facility near Greenleaf in Southwestern Idaho.

Wolf’s arrival in Malheur County concerns ranchers

- A lone wolf that showed up in Malheur County in Eastern Oregon April 10 is still hanging around and ranchers in the state's top cattle producing county say it's probably a matter of when, not if, wolves establish a permanen...