Sean Ellis

Boise, Idaho, Reporter
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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...

Research clears bulb onions of E. coli risk

- Oregon State University researchers in Ontario have found that bulb onions pose no risk of E. coli contamination from irrigation water regardless of how they are irrigated and regarless of how much bacteria is present in th...

Idaho Wine Commission lands $88,000 grant

- The Idaho Wine Commission will use an $88,000 specialty crop grant from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to try to increase quality, awareness and sales of Idaho wine.

Groups ponder recent dust rule proposal

- Submitting a proposed clarification to Idaho's fugitive dust rule to the EPA for federal approval could offer farmers and ranchers more protection, ag leaders were told July 16. But it would also include a public comment pe...

Lack of psyllids stymie insecticide research

- There have been few potato psyllids spotted in eastern Oregon this year, which is making it difficult for Oregon State University researchers to report results of a field trial designed to find the best pesticide treatments...

Growers need to prove demand for granular Eptam

- Gowan Co. will resume producing granular Eptam for bean growers if ag chemical suppliers agree to purchase it. And chemical suppliers will purchase the herbicide if growers agree to use it.

Lab analysis to test if weeds resistant to glyphosate

- Researchers may now know in a matter of weeks rather than months whether kochia weeds in Western Idaho and Eastern Idaho have developed resistance to glyphosate. In the meantime, Oregon State University researchers are prog...

New Idaho hydro generation unit delayed

- The Bureau of Reclamation has delayed construction of a new hydroelectric generating unit at Black Canyon Diversion Dam because the cost of the project may exceed its benefit. Irrigators in southwestern Idaho and eastern Or...

Pea, lentil council gets $134,000 grant

- The U.S. Dry Pea and Lentil Council will use a $134,000 specialty crop grant from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to educate dozens of food industry leaders on the benefits of using pulse crops as ingredients in f...

Idaho funds record number of specialty crop projects

- Idaho's agriculture department will award a record amount of money in 2014 to a record amount of projects designed to benefit the state's specialty crop industry. The department also received a record amount of applications...

Woolf adapts quickly to Idaho Bean Commission

- The new administrator of the Idaho Bean Commission has adapted to the job quickly due to her past experience working with the Idaho Barley Commission. Bean commission members said Andi Woolf's work promoting the barley comm...

Idaho farm income dips during first quarter

- After a strong performance in 2013, total farm personal income dipped 4.2 percent during the first quarter of 2014. Despite the decrease, ag economists expect another strong performance overall from Idaho agriculture in 2014.

Alternative crop trials part of OSU field day

- During the Malheur County experiment station's annual Summer Farm Festival and Field Day Jul 9, Oregon State University researchers will discuss field trials of camelina grown without irrigation. The annual event also inclu...

Boise farmers’ markets thrive after split

- Capital City Public Market, Idaho's largest farmers market, and the new Boise Farmers Market, which was created by former CCPM vendors who wanted a more ag-centric market, are co-exisiting well and even feeding off each oth...

Idaho Wine Month pushes sales

- Idaho wine sales increased 32 percent during Idaho Wine Month last June and industry leaders expect to see another big gain this year.

Southwest Idaho farmers should have adequate water supply

- A year has made a big difference for water users in Idaho's Treasure Valley area, who are looking at an adequate supply of irrigation water this season. Allotments were reduced last year and water was shut off early, but ir...

Owyhee Irrigation water supply rapidly declining

- At the current pace of usage, the Owyhee Irrigation District could be out of water by early August. Farmers in Eastern Oregon are doing all they can to stretch their meager water supply but are running out of options.

Quick decision unlikely on Ag Security Act motion

- During oral arguments on the state's motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit against the Idaho Agricultural Security Act, plaintiffs argued it violates free speech while law supporters said it only regulates certain types of co...