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Food Producers of Idaho gives agriculture a combined voice

- Started in 1970 by a former farmer who went on to become governor, Food Producers of Idaho now represents more than 40 agriculture-related groups and enables them to speak to lawmakers with a combined voice.

State Wheat Commission announces $2 million gift to University of Idaho

- A University of Idaho program that teaches students about managing agricultural risk through the use of commodities trading and other tools will be significantly expanded thanks to a $2 million endowment provided by the Ida...

Legislature passes amended Idaho Seed Indemnity Fund bill

- A bill that will amend Idaho’s Seed Indemnity Fund law has passed the House and Senate with a combined vote of 98-0. But it was changed to drop a requirement for licensed seed warehouses to submit an annual audited f...

ISDA delay in grant funding puts commission in financial bind

- A long delay in the time it is taking the Idaho Bean Commission to receive $197,000 in grant funding for two research projects has the commission on the verge of not being able to pay some bills.

Idaho Bean Commission may drop idea of banning soybean production

- Instead of trying to ban soybean production in parts of Idaho, the Idaho Bean Commission may instead pursue bringing that crop under the commission’s purview so it could ensure soybean seed planted in the region is d...

Idaho ag college dean outlines $25M research & extension plan

- The University of Idaho’s agriculture college dean hopes to invest about $25 million in UI’s nine agriculture research and extension centers, starting with a $6 million investment in its Parma station.

Idaho House ag committee again OKs tougher trespass bill

- After hearing from dozens of people over the span of two hearings lasting a combined eight hours, Idaho House ag committee members have approved a bill that would strengthen and consolidate the state’s trespassing la...

Idaho potatoes set production value record in 2017

- Idaho’s 2017 potato crop was valued at $1.19 billion, which is 23 percent higher than the state’s 2016 crop, 30 percent higher than 2015 and a record for the state’s most iconic crop.

Idaho ag export value increases 10 percent, led by dairy

- After declining in 2015 and 2016, the total value of Idaho farm product exports rose 10 percent in 2017, to $827 million.

Heirloom corn seed project takes root in southwestern Idaho

- Farmers in southwest Idaho will begin growing out heirloom corn seed this year for a project that could lead to value-added niche opportunities for small- and medium-scale farmers.

University of Idaho announces $25M plan to upgrade research, extension centers

- University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences hopes to invest about $25 million in the coming years to improve infrastructure and equipment at its nine agricultural research and extension centers.

Idaho farm groups help defeat ‘poisonous plants’ bill

- A bill that would have required “poisonous” labels on all plants for sale in Idaho that could make humans or animals sick if ingested will not get a public hearing.

E. Idaho potato growers want more say on commission

- A grower petition seeks to have Idaho Potato Commission commissioners directly selected by industry members. Currently, the governor has the final say on who serves on the nine-member commission.

Battle over Idaho’s ‘ag gag’ law heads back to district court

- A high-profile lawsuit targeting Idaho’s so-called “ag gag” law is headed back to district court after opponents asked that court to resolve what they say is legal uncertainty that remains over the law ...

Dean seeks input on future of Parma research center

- Idaho farm industry members are being encouraged to attend a March 8 listening session to offer input on the future of University of Idaho’s Parma Agricultural Research and Extension Center. UI officials said they pl...

Eight honored for their contributions to Idaho agriculture

- During the 24th Annual Larry Branen Idaho Ag Summit Feb. 20, eight people were honored for their contribution to and support for Idaho’s farming industry.