EAGLE — The Idaho Potato Commission has temporarily suspended its Big Idaho Potato Truck’s cross-country tour due to the COVID-19 crisis.
TWIN FALLS — Magic Valley farmers had to replant 53,000 acres of sugar beets this spring due to cold and wind damage, but their fields have made up ground since then and are back on track for a good harvest, said Brad Griff, executive director of the Idaho Sugar Beet Growers Association.
POCATELLO — Amid the market challenges farmers and ranchers are facing because of the coronavirus outbreak, the new USMCA trade deal offers the U.S. agricultural industry a ray of optimism.
International trade experts within the potato industry are encouraged by a new trade agreement with China but have concerns about a rise in frozen fry imports from Europe.
Idaho hop acres rose again in 2020, the ninth straight year that has happened.
POCATELLO — The way it’s structured now, USDA’s coronavirus farm relief program may not provide much actual relief to some of Idaho’s main crops.
With the nation continuing to reel from the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Potato Council’s annual summer meeting was held using Zoom teleconferencing and Facebook on June 25.
New data suggests the coronavirus pandemic led Idaho farmers to plant spring wheat on tens of thousands of acres typically reserved for potatoes, barley and sugar beets.
BOISE — The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is seeking public comment from the agriculture community on its proposed changes to rules around pesticide and chemigation use and application.
POCATELLO – Scoular Co. has announced it will build a barley manufacturing facility that will initially process 1.9 million bushels of barley annually.
TWIN FALLS — A Lamb Weston employee died in an industrial accident at the company’s Twin Falls facility Wednesday morning.
BERLIN (AP) — German pharmaceutical company Bayer says it’s paying up to $10.9 billion to settle a lawsuit over subsidiary Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup, which has faced numerous lawsuits over claims it causes cancer.
BOISE — The Idaho Wheat Commission’s new executive director, Casey Chumrau, knows she has big shoes to fill but leaders of the state’s wheat industry are confident she has the skills and experience to do that.
BOISE — Idaho’s wheat industry is losing one of its biggest assets as Blaine Jacobson retires after 18 years as executive director of the Idaho Wheat Commission.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused U.S. potato prices to drop by about 21% from Jan. 15 through April 15, according to the industry’s surveys of potato growers and processors in major potato production areas.
U.S. barley growers suddenly have access to a tantalizing new market: China, the world’s most populous country and also the largest producer and consumer of beer.
Fences are the best way to prevent deer and other foraging animals from damaging gardens, landscape plants and orchards, but they can be expensive, and difficult or time-consuming to install.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Apple growers in Washington state have asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reconsider its eligibility requirements for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.
BOISE — More than 220,000 U.S. food producers had already filed for $2.8 billion in aid as of June 15 under a federal relief program for farmers and ranchers hurt by COVID-19, according to Farm Service Agency records.
Idaho’s famous potatoes have fed the world for generations, but now, through the efforts of a Twin Falls entrepreneur, they are being used to produce skin care products and at the same time helping restore human dignity to displaced people around the world.
PORTLAND, Maine — Eric Pray is used to shipping seafood all over the country. But since the coronavirus took hold, he has shifted his focus closer to home — selling lobsters from a homemade tank in his garage.
A fungal pathogen that can cause considerable damage in grain crops known as stripe rust has been confirmed in western Idaho, University of Idaho Extension confirmed on Wednesday.
HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials disclosed Friday that a Hood River County pear-packing company is the site of the latest COVID-19 outbreak connected to the agriculture industry.
DES MOINES, Iowa — As if trips to the grocery store weren’t nerve-wracking enough, U.S. shoppers lately have seen the costs of meat, eggs and even potatoes soar as the coronavirus has disrupted processing plants and distribution networks.
POCATELLO — USDA released more details May 19 on its coronavirus farm relief program, which will provide direct support payments to farmers and ranchers negatively impacted by the outbreak.
Most of the wheat grown in Idaho, Oregon and Washington is not eligible for USDA’s coronavirus farm relief payments.
With COVID-19 closures in place all across the United States, and even the world, restaurant demand for potatoes has fallen. According to Frank Muir, CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission, 60% of Idaho potatoes go to restaurants.
A potato trade magazine has named Britt Raybould, who is part of a St. Anthony farming family, as its Spudwoman of the Year.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump announced details Wednesday of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to U.S. farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The payments are limited to $250,000 per person or entity.
Caribou County farmer Jason Stoddard is one of many Eastern Idaho seed potato growers who have been stuck with lots of spuds that will never be planted due to the COVID-19 crisis.
BOZEMAN, Mont. — First, international ports closed, limiting shipping options. Then restaurants throughout the United States closed or stayed open only for takeout. Demand for fries and hash browns plummeted.
POCATELLO — The reports of some farmers, ranchers or dairy operations dumping their farm commodities is not easy news to digest.
POCATELLO — According to media reports and agriculture industry groups, USDA has agreed to increase the payment caps on coronavirus relief checks that will be sent to farmers and ranchers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
POCATELLO — Making the best of a bad situation, many county Farm Bureau organizations in Idaho have provided food banks and other feeding organizations with food donations or financial help during the coronavirus outbreak.
LOS ANGELES — The near shutdown of the economy in response to COVID-19 has reduced demand for commodities like oil, lumber and copper and triggered sharp drops in their prices, but some analysts predict the stage is set for a rebound.
Many Americans may be surprised and confused to see farmers dumping milk down the drain or letting vegetables rot in their fields.
Ubiquitous social distancing by consumers drives the adoption of frozen food products as these can be stored for a long duration of time. Thioglycolates are crucial ingredient that enhances the shelf-life of frozen foods. On this favorable backdrop the global thioglycolates market will be va…
ELTOPIA, Wash. — For farmer Mike Pink, spring is supposed to be a time of hope, when he can survey a green field of young potato plants and anticipate the bounty to be pulled from the sandy soils of the Columbia Basin.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Potato Council today welcomed USDA’s announcement of a $50 million surplus potato purchase to support the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
MILWAUKEE — The American Malting Barley Association Board of Directors has approved the addition of ABI Eagle to the list of recommended malting barley varieties for 2020.
The agricultural sector has begun to struggle with the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic shocks on Idaho and Oregon agricultural industries have hit dairy, beef, onion and potato producers particularly hard. This is partially driven by the school and restaurant industry…
POCATELLO — Idaho’s congressional delegation is joining other members of Congress in asking the Trump administration to eliminate the payment limits included in a $19 billion agricultural relief program announced by USDA April 17.
VIRGINIA — John and Karen Brady acknowledge they broke the cardinal rule of retail when they opened a large garden center in a sparsely populated area about 35 miles south of Pocatello.
GRANGEVILLE, Idaho — Toilet paper isn’t the only thing being whisked off the grocery store shelves these days.
The agricultural sector has begun to struggle with the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic shocks on Idaho and Oregon agricultural industries have hit dairy, beef onion, and potato producers particularly hard. This is partially driven by the school and restaurant industr…
CALDWELL — Dozens of Caldwell residents lined up outside Oasis Food Bank on Tuesday to take their pick from the pallets of free onions donated by Obendorf Produce in Parma.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused a once strong potato market to make an abrupt about-face, leading some Idaho growers to dump surplus spuds from storage cellars or to feed them to cattle.
POCATELLO — National farm groups quickly applauded USDA’s April 17 announcement of a $19 billion ag relief program designed to assist producers, and consumers, impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
When Karyn Hopkins first saw people working the soil and then harvesting vegetables on a lot tucked away behind homes in the Haddington neighborhood of West Philadelphia, she couldn’t believe food was being grown in her city.
During World War I, posters proclaiming “Food will win the war” encouraged Americans to grow victory gardens. A century later, home gardeners are returning to that idea in the fight against a global pandemic.
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho hasn’t given up on a three-way potential land swap and cash deal involving a private timber company and the U.S. Forest Service that is running into opposition from the Nez Perce Tribe, state officials said Tuesday.
The Asian giant hornet, the world’s largest hornet and an invasive species first documented in the state late last year, can attack and kill a honey bee colony in a few hours.
NEW YORK (AP) — After making a brief comeback on school lunch menus, white bread and other refined grains may be vanishing again when schools reopen after a federal court threw out the Trump administration’s rollback of school nutrition standards.
OMAHA, Neb. — Some massive meat processing plants have closed at least temporarily because their workers were sickened by the new coronavirus, raising concerns that there could soon be shortages of beef, pork and poultry in supermarkets.
PORTLAND, Ore. — A team of retirees that scours the remote ravines and windswept plains of the Pacific Northwest for long-forgotten pioneer orchards has rediscovered 10 apple varieties that were believed to be extinct — the largest number ever unearthed in a single season by the nonprofit Lo…