Nampa family ag business expands to Texas

Courtesy of Angela Miller
Marvin Miller inspects a farmer's field in the Nyssa, Ore., area while on the job. He is looking for root development and insect pests called thrips in onions.

NAMPA — Back in 1987, Nampa resident Marvin Miller won a “rookie of the year” award for his work with BioPlus Manufacturing — a biological manufacturing company in Hawkins, Texas, that produces biological products for farmers.

Canal company invests in hydroelectric energy

Rodney D. Boam / for Farm & Ranch
Lyle Porter, manager of the Consolidated Irrigation District of Franklin County, checks the water flow from the irrigation lines to the power generator.

FRANKLIN COUNTY – With climate change blamed for an increasing number of droughts in recent years and a growing demand for water, some canal companies are doing what they can to preserve and stretch what water they have. The stockholders of one eastern Idaho water district decided they needed to make significant changes in the way they manage their water.

Preston boy qualifies for Nationl H.S. rodeo

Courtesy of Jennifer Harris
Cole Harris competes in a steer wrestling event. He has qualified to compete July 15 to 21 in the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo.

PRESTON — Cole Harris graduated from Preston High School in May. This summer he will be traveling to Rock Springs, Wyo., from July 15 to 21, to compete at the 70th annual National High School Finals Rodeo.

Potato psyllid strategy

Courtesy of Erik J. Wenninger / University of Idaho
A yellow sticky trap is poised to capture potato psyllids in a spud field as part of the University of Idaho's statewide potato psyllid monitoring program.

TWIN FALLS — A University of Idaho entomologist said the industry is mulling possible changes to a statewide monitoring program he oversees to detect the arrival of potato psyllids — tiny, winged insects known to spread a crop disease affecting potatoes called zebra chip.

Public field day planned at USU farm

Courtesy of Utah State University Extension
The Utah Agricultural Experiment Station will host a farm field day Tuesday at Blue Creek Farm in Box Elder County, Utah.

LOGAN, Utah — The Utah Agricultural Experiment Station has research farms in various parts of the state where work goes on to benefit people in many facets of Utah’s agriculture and natural resource sectors. Researchers will showcase some of their current work Tuesday at Blue Creek Farm Field Day

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