BOISE (AP) — Idaho officials are working on a hemp plan to submit to federal officials this fall so that farmers can grow it next year.

Total chickpea acres in Idaho jumped considerably this year compared with 2020. But the ongoing drought and severe heat wave could keep production close to last year’s level.

Idaho’s total wheat production and quality are normally very consistent on an annual basis. Because of severe drought conditions and a lengthy heat wave, that could change this year, at least on the production side.

Ranchers in the West have typically grazed cattle on summer pastures — often in the mountains or desert rangelands near their ranch or on federal Bureau of Land Management or Forest Service allotments — while growing hay at home to feed the cows during winter.

MOUNT VERNON, Washington — One week after record-breaking heat battered Skagit County and much of western Washington, area farmers are assessing the damage to their crops while continuing to cope with an unusually warm and dry growing season.

MOSCOW — With deep, fertile soils and consistent rainfall, Latah County produces an abundant supply of several crops, including soft white wheat, garbanzo beans, peas and lentils.

Groups representing U.S. potato growers have sent a letter to the U.S. agriculture secretary and trade representative asking them to adopt a “trust but verify” stance when it comes to negotiations with Mexico on full market access for fresh U.S. potatoes.

CALDWELL — The adaptability required by service industry professionals since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented. However, despite the challenges, the pandemic ultimately only resulted in a small interruption in business for Canyon County’s wineries. Now, they are f…

You may have read last week that Mexican Agriculture Secretary Víctor Villalobos Arámbula is expected to travel to Washington, D.C. in early August to meet with his American counterpart, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. The meeting is expected to include a discussion of the decades-long issue con…

TWIN FALLS — As the Magic Valley prepares for potentially record setting heat this week, farmers, potato researchers and dairy scientists are all voicing concerns.

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WASHINGTON – The National Potato Council recently participated in an agriculture industry roundtable discussion with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, and Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, in an effort to find bipartisan support for legislation th…

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s beloved wild blueberry fields are home to one of the most important fruit crops in New England, and scientists have found they are warming at a faster rate than the rest of the state.

BLACKFOOT — Basic American Foods is pleased to announce that starting in August 2021, team members at their Blackfoot, Shelley and Rexburg manufacturing locations will be moving to straight shifts instead of rotating shifts. Stable, consistent schedules will improve team members’ quality of …

The Idaho Grain Producers Association and the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation are holding an informative meeting next week in Lewiston focusing on the importance of the Columbia Snake River System to Idaho agriculture.

DENVER — Potatoes USA announced June 3 nominations are now open for new Board Members for the 2022-2025 term. The board is seeking nominees to fill a total of 58 open seats for producers from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgi…

JEROME — Scoular is hiring at its Jerome processing plant. The plant will be making Emerge, a barley-based protein source for aquaculture and pet food.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has completed a 100-day review of supply chains and will form a task force to address the bottlenecks in the semiconductor, construction, transportation and agriculture sectors.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Two farmers with ties to anti-government activist Ammon Bundy have purchased land by a shut-off irrigation canal in Oregon that would normally deliver water to a massive federal irrigation project along the California-Oregon border and have set up a protest encampm…

JEROME — Scoular on Tuesday announced the name for its new sustainable and innovative barley-based protein source for aquaculture and pet food: Emerge. Emerge, both traceable and non-GMO, is the only barley-based protein for feed customers.

Oatly, the world’s largest oat milk company, raised $1.4 billion in an initial public offering Thursday on the Nasdaq stock exchange, capitalizing on a global surge in demand for its products.

ORIENT, Ohio (AP) — The rye and rapeseed that Rick Clifton cultivated in central Ohio were coming along nicely — until his tractor rumbled over the flat, fertile landscape, spraying it with herbicides.

The excitement that U.S. potato growers felt following an April 28 decision by the Mexican Supreme Court to open up that entire nation to fresh potato exports from the United States has been blunted somewhat.

TWIN FALLS — The county Planning and Zoning Commission tabled a company’s proposal to build two new potato cellars after expressing concern that the applicant’s existing cellars are not in compliance with a conditional use permit granted in 2018.

NAMPA — A university professor in Nampa, with the help of his engineering students, is developing a fruit harvesting robot prototype for Idaho orchardists.

Wheat prices for farmers have flirted with $8 a bushel in recent days and are substantially higher than they were this time last year.

DRIGGS — The local nonprofit once known as Full Circle Education has officially changed its name to Mountain Roots Education. In an effort to clarify the distinction between the organization and the local Full Circle Farm, Mountain Roots Education is embracing a new moniker while continuing …

WASHINGTON – The Mexican Supreme Court ruled by a unanimous vote of five to zero ON Wednesday in favor of overturning a 2017 lower court decision that prevented the Mexican federal government from implementing regulations to allow for the importation of fresh U.S. potatoes throughout the country.

MADRID, Iowa (AP) — In 43 years of farming, Morey Hill had seen crop-destroying weather, rock-bottom prices, trade fights and surges in government aid, but not until last year had he endured it all in one season.

University of Idaho researchers are currently working to update the Idaho Barley and Wheat Production guides. As they update the guides, they want to include information that is most relevant for farming operation by learning more about individual management practices.