AMERICAN FALLS — Officials with Lamb Weston Holdings Inc. have announced plans to add a new french fry processing facility at their local plant.
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.
Unlike last year, there will be no record set for average barley yields in Idaho in 2021.
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.
SEATTLE (AP) — Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has been sold for about $1.2 billion to a private equity firm by its parent, the tobacco company Altria.
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…
MANHATTAN, Montana — The Gallatin Valley has the perfect soil and weather for making one of God’s best ideas ever – beer.
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…
BUHL — Holding a dirty pair of men’s underwear might not seem like a part of a discussion on soil health. But that’s what University of Idaho Nutrient and Waste Management Extension Specialist Linda Schott did anyway Tuesday.
TWIN FALLS — As the Magic Valley prepares for potentially record setting heat this week, farmers, potato researchers and dairy scientists are all voicing concerns.
Several University of Idaho Extension cereals field days have been scheduled for late June and July.
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 …
Interest from California growers in the possibility of growing almonds commercially in Idaho has not waned. In fact, it’s increasing.
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.
The total value of Idaho farm product exports increased 1 percent during the first three months of 2021, while nationwide, the value increased by 24 percent.
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…
SEATTLE (AP) — Licensed marijuana stores in Washington state can offer free joints to promote on-site COVID-19 vaccine clinics, officials said Monday.
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.
The next Ag Talk Tuesday is scheduled for June 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Seven apple varieties previously believed to be lost or extinct have been found in eastern Washington state, including several on land near the communities of Pullman, Colfax and Moscow.
The growing, processing and transportation of industrial hemp in Idaho is expected to be legal in time for the 2022 growing season.
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.
IDAHO FALLS — Every year, it takes millions of gallons of water to clean, peel and slice Idaho’s potatoes before they’re processed into any number of products from tater tots and animal feed to industrial starch.
Several field days, crop tours and meetings pertaining to cereal crops have been scheduled for this summer.
NAMPA — A university professor in Nampa, with the help of his engineering students, is developing a fruit harvesting robot prototype for Idaho orchardists.
BELGRADE, Montana — It was a mixed sack of potato news, what happened last year to the Valley's spud farmers.
AMERICAN FALLS — An expansive new addition to the local Lamb Weston plant will produce chopped and formed products such as potato patties and potato puffs, according to a corporate press release.
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture will receive an additional $2.8 million this year for its annual specialty crop block grant program.
Wheat prices for farmers have flirted with $8 a bushel in recent days and are substantially higher than they were this time last year.
Three conservation organizations have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s 2019 approval of a Caribou County phosphate mine planned to supply ore for Bayer AG’s Soda Springs operations.
Utah State University and a governmental research arm based in Scotland recently formed a partnership to collaborate on research in environmental and agricultural science.
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 …
For fresh U.S. potato shippers such as Lance Poole of Idaho Falls, gaining full access to the Mexican market has been a frustrating and elusive pursuit, offering the promise of a huge reward.
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.
POCATELLO — Idaho mining industry officials believe a new state law governing construction of massive piles of waste rock from phosphate mining will clarify and strengthen safeguards aimed at protecting the environment.
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.
This Saturday the normal vehicle traffic on Memorial Drive will be replaced by foot traffic as customers check out a selection of handmade decorations and locally made cheese.
Congratulations to Dr. Juliet Marshall on being named Department Head of Plant Sciences in the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences beginning May 16, 2021.
University of Idaho researchers are working to update their Idaho barley and wheat production guides, which are four decades old.
BOISE — Gov. Brad Little on Friday signed a bill to legalize industrial hemp, ending Idaho’s distinction as the last state to legalize the non-intoxicating crop for cultivation by farmers. The bill also allows for transportation and processing of the plant.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a bill legalizing the production and transportation of hemp with up to 0.3% of THC, the cannabis compound that gives marijuana its high.
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.