Editor's note: This is the final installment of a three-part series on local grain economies. Part I covered the value consumers of local grain place on producers' stories. Part II detailed the rise of small mills in the Northwest. All installments are posted online at postregister.com/farma…
Zak and Rick Miller expect to lose a portion of their potato crop to frost damage, but their St. Anthony farm is positioned to survive thanks to a recent outpouring of community support.
MALIN, Ore. — It’s green, it’s growing in spades, and it’s got a unique smell that may be slightly familiar to some.
The winning pumpkins of the the first annual Franklin County 4-H Giant Pumpkin Growing Contest are on their way to Salt Lake City to become boats in the ninth annual Ginormous Pumpkin Regatta on Oct. 19 at Oquirrh Lake, said Courtney Webster, mother of Winnie and Ned Webster who won the contest.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Orange, yellow, white and purple carrots of all shapes and sizes were harvested this week as part of a research trial to test carrots’ genetic resistance to disease.
Temperatures will be well below freezing this week, and there are still some potatoes left in the ground awaiting harvest. Probability of frost damage occurring on some of the remaining crop is high. Although weather is always hard to predict, it appears cooler temperatures will prevail over…
Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a three-part series on local grain economies. Part I covered the value consumers of local grain place on producers’ stories. Part III, describing the Washington State University Bread Lab’s efforts to promote local grain as a flavorful and hea…
Roughly an inch of snow fell on James Hoff’s potato fields south of Idaho Falls on Wednesday as he and his crews raced to bring in the rest of the crop.
POCATELLO — East County Road just outside of Pocatello near the J.R. Simplot Don Plant had to be temporarily closed Tuesday morning after a heavy truck overturned, spilling potatoes onto the roadway.
TWIN FALLS — He remembers the day he first laid eyes on the combine.
Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a three-part series on local grain economies. Part II, detailing the rise of small mills in the Northwest, will run in the Oct. 11 edition of Farm & Ranch. Part III, describing the Washington State University Bread Lab’s efforts to promote …
BOISE — Many vendors who sell their food at the Boise Farmers Market weren’t sure what to expect when the market moved to a new location this year.
How do you move an Atlantic Giant pumpkin that weighs hundreds of pounds? Slowly and carefully.
U of I Ag Celebration Features Sustainability Expert
The Washington Wine Industry Foundation awards a grape or wine industry employee the opportunity to take a sabbatical in an established wine-producing region of the world to learn more about winegrape growing or winemaking.
MARQUAM, Ore. (AP) — Rancher Jerome Rosa sat in his mud-spattered pickup truck, glumly watching some of his cows resting on a grassy slope in Oregon’s fertile Willamette Valley.
BOISE – Representatives of the Taiwan Flour Mills Association on Sept. 24 signed a letter of intent with the Idaho Wheat Commission to purchase 66.1 million bushels of U.S. wheat in 2020 and 2021.
BOISE — Gov. Brad Little joined representatives of the Idaho Wheat Commission and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle in the State Capitol today to sign a letter of intent for the Taiwan Flour Mills Association to purchase about $576 million in U.S. wheat over the next two years.
What began as a humble potato equipment company more than 60 years ago by two brothers in East Idaho has developed into part of a multi-national company supplying potato equipment to growers around the world.
BLACKFOOT — Bingham County’s farmers have endured a growing season of uncertain weather, starting with a planting season beset by rain and cold spells that morphed into a summer that came with a hot spell accompanied by wind that lasted through grain harvest and into potatoes.
SHELLEY — Despite chilly weather to start the day, the 91st Idaho Spud Day still brought out a decent crowd Saturday and kept the long-running tradition of Shelley’s community celebration — one of the biggest in Bingham County — alive.
IDAHO FALLS — Local miller Jeremiah Clark plans to soon expand into a new Idaho Falls facility with the capacity to process up to 5 percent of the world’s quinoa supply.
Early in Idaho’s sugar beet harvest, Treasure Valley farmers are reporting uncharacteristically high sugar content relative to beets being dug in Magic Valley and the state’s eastern region.
SHELLEY — One of the biggest annual celebrations in Bingham County, the 91st Idaho Spud Day, is coming up here this week.
Recent data supplied by Potatoes USA shows the value of potato exports was up in all categories for the marketing year that ended on July 1, though officials say gains would have been even stronger if not for retaliatory tariffs.
Heavy rain didn’t stop hundreds of people from attending University of Idaho’s annual Fruit Field Day Sept. 12 at the Parma Research and Extension Center.
POCATELLO – Idaho’s total potato production in 2018 has been valued at $1.03 billion, a 5 percent increase over the 2017 total of $975 million and the second highest total ever.
Could machine-harvested blueberries have hand-picked quality? That’s the question a national team of scientists is hoping to answer, and it could impact Skagit County blueberry farms.
LEWISTON — A group representing the Taiwan Flour Mills Association came to the Lewis-Clark Valley from September 6-9 to see how Idaho wheat growers maintain a high-quality standard. The TFMA team saw how wheat is tested, stored and prepared for delivery by barge on the Snake River.
COLFAX, Wash. (AP) — Harvest time in eastern Washington usually brings out tractors, trucks and other modern machinery as farmers bring in their crops.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — Southeastern Washington has been producing high-quality wines for decades. But in the past five years, the wineries of the Walla Walla Valley have drawn international accolades for the reds — particularly syrahs — produced from the unique soil just across the border…
As with many other crops, the seeding of barley was delayed in some areas due to the cool-wet spring. One consequence has been a later and longer harvest period in many barley growing areas.
Big beer is still duking it out over corn syrup.
KETCHUM — Weather conditions at harvest largely drove the prevalence of defects and the types of quality problems that retailers encountered with Idaho’s 2017 and 2018 fresh potato crops, new University of Idaho research suggests.
If someone were to drive by as Nick McCoy, 83, and Larry Thomas, 78, cut hay in pastures south of Bozeman, it might seem as though they’ve entered a time warp.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. — As one drives through the Kittitas Valley during summertime, signs of agriculture are everywhere. The star of the valley, of course, is the world-famous timothy hay, but farmers this season have planted other crops, as well.
KETCHUM — Idaho potato industry leaders fear they may be adversely affected by Europe’s recent decision not to renew certification of a chemical used globally to inhibit tubers from sprouting in storage.
Idaho Potato Commission mulls redistricting
Food Producers of Idaho, representing over 40 commodity and farm organizations in Idaho, has named the 2019 Featured Farm Families for Twin Falls County Fair.
Congressional aids tour Treasure Valley farm country
PLEASANT VALLEY — A local potato farmer believes he can cut back on his use of fumigation by raising two specific commercial crops — oriental mustard and a promising new spud variety called Clearwater Russet.
KETCHUM — The Idaho Potato Commission has teamed with a 14-year-old ventriloquist who wowed the judges on “America’s Got Talent” and a young child who reviews toys on YouTube, seeking to reach a younger generation of consumers.
There’s a lot of time to think while sitting behind the wheel of a combine.
KIMBERLY — Marissa Steiner and Tyler Mangum have been looking through microscopes for hours, scanning hand-sized, yellow sticky cards studded with dead insects.
POCATELLO — Despite trade wars and rumors of trade wars, the total value of Idaho agricultural exports increased 7 percent during the first six months of 2019, compared with the same period last year.
POCATELLO — National and Idaho farm groups quickly applauded the Aug. 25 announcement that the U.S. and Japan have reached a trade agreement in principle.
Basic American Foods has announced plans to close its manufacturing plant in Shelley and its ingredients plant in Blackfoot, phasing out production at both facilities over two years.
A Union Pacific train struck a tractor-trailer in Caribou County on Saturday night. The incident caused a grain spill but no injuries, authorities said.
BLACKFOOT — Bingham County farmers who reported development delays with their potato crops of up to three weeks due to cold and moist early season weather say they’re now having to harvest late, and at unusual hours.
BOISE – President Trump announced this weekend that the United States and Japan reached a trade agreement in principle to keep exports of U.S. wheat flowing to a large and critical market for farmers including growers in Idaho.
McDonald’s Corp. spent nearly $136 million on Idaho agricultural commodities to supply its fast food restaurants during 2018, according to a recently released corporate report.
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to play his part, 3-year-old Thomas Powell flaps his arms …
HAMER — Justin Place will soon become the first U.S. farmer to commercially harvest a type of mustard developed using a promising new approach to breeding varieties of the crop.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Producers from six small farms have divulged how they are using new techniques and inventions in the growing and harvesting of berries.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A judge on Friday sentenced the mastermind of the largest known organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history to 10 years in prison, saying he cheated thousands of customers into buying products they didn’t want.