Effect of 2014 rains felt as planting starts

A flock of gulls pick through a field for the soft white wheat Juan Reneiz has just planted east of Shelley along 73rd South near 25th East. Reneiz, who was planting on Steven Longhurst’s farm, said the mild winter has made for an early spring that’s allowed him to plant a little earlier than usual.

BOISE — Farmers are optimistic by nature, but getting a planter going this spring seems to be more of an act of courage than other years.

USPB elects new leaders

Courtesy of the U.S. Potato Board
The new USPB Executive Committee is, from left, Nolan Masser, Brian Kirschenmann, John Halverson, Marty Myers, Carl Hoverson, Blair Richardson, Karlene Hardy of Oakley, Brett Jensen of Idaho Falls, Phil Hickman, Ken Burback, Mike Pink and Chris Wada of Idaho Falls.

DENVER — Ten Idahoans are among the group selected to take the reins of the United States Potato Board for 2015 when the grower membership elected its new leaders March 10 to 12 during its annual meeting held in Colorado Springs, Colo., according to a news release.

Workplace fatalities rising in Idaho

BOISE — In late February, a worker on a Melba farm died, apparently after being electrocuted by a fence. Details about the fatality won’t be released until the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Idaho office concludes its investigation, but David Kearns, director of the Boise headquarters, says this much: More people are dying on Idaho job sites than in previous years.

USDA to propose standards for organic seafood raised in US

EU certified organic farm-raised shrimp are for sale on at the Wegmans, Friday, April 10, 2015 in Fairfax, Va. Organic fish is certified in the EU and Canada because the US doesnt have any standard. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don’t expect it in the grocery store anytime soon.

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