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Kuna FFA helps thousands of children learn about farming
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Kuna FFA helps thousands of children learn about farming

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’s FFA students organize the...

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Idaho lumber mill closing; workers’ future uncertain

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho (AP) — Workers at an Idaho lumber mill have been notified by letter that the mill has been purchased and will be shut down and dismantled.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that the letter from Blue North Forest Products...

Pending Idaho Supreme Court ruling could ease Rangen water call burden

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HAGERMAN, Idaho — Officials with Idaho Ground Water Appropriators Inc. say they hope a forthcoming state Supreme Court ruling will ease their burden in the Rangen Inc. water call and provide a means for them to resolve other...

Idaho brand inspector facing 2 felony charges resigns

MERIDIAN, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State Police say one of the agency’s brand inspectors has resigned after being charged with two felonies involving a check writing scheme.

Police in a statement late Monday say 32-year-old Justin Archer...

Idaho hop growers to add hundreds of new acres in 2016

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) for hops right now,”...

Farm groups help University of Idaho ag college exceed fundraising goal
Farm groups help University of Idaho ag college exceed fundraising goal

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 donors during the 36-hour...

Pacific Northwest hop acreage still climbing
Pacific Northwest hop acreage still climbing

MOXEE, Wash. — Hop acreage is increasing for the fourth straight year in the United States and for the third year globally.

U.S. hop acreage is projected to increase by 6,000 acres this year, a 13 percent rise. That follows a 19 percent...

Idaho, Washington wheat growers seek emergency label for wireworm product
Idaho, Washington wheat growers seek emergency label for wireworm product

BOISE — Idaho and Washington grain growers hope to obtain a special-needs exemption from the Environmental Protection Agency allowing them to use an insecticide labeled for potatoes to protect wheat from wireworms.

Stacey Satterlee,...

Spud growers join Boise schools’ Potato Celebration Week

BOISE — The Boise School District’s new Potato Celebration Week enabled Rod Lake of Heyburn-based Southwind Farms to get his company’s fingerling potatoes into a public schools market he’s been trying to reach for most of a...

Fire destroys old Idaho sugar factory

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — An old sugar factory here was destroyed by a fire reported at 7:45 p.m. April 27, according to the Idaho Falls Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived at the shuttered facility, at 3075 E. Lincoln Road, flames...

Idaho ag department gives overview of food safety rules
Idaho ag department gives overview of food safety rules

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’s produce safety rule will...

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