Though extreme summer heat and dryness wreaked havoc on major Idaho crops such as potatoes and grain this season, the state's farmers are optimistic they'll at least harvest a solid sugar beet crop. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Potato Council and 26 leading food and agriculture associations sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai yesterday communicating growing concerns over the rapid deterioration of the U.S.-Mexico trade rel…

Parents now have an extra reason to say no to candy, cake and ice cream for young children. The first U.S. government dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers, released Tuesday, recommend feeding only breast milk for at least six months and no added sugar for children under age 2.

It’s only been a few years since U.S. sugar beet farmers faced a potential financial crisis due to negative public perceptions about food products derived from biotechnology.

Brad Griff, the executive director of the Idaho Sugarbeet Growers Association, is cautiously optimistic that this year’s crop will be better than the 2019 crop.

Sugar beets aren’t the flashiest crop around and they don’t get a lot of headlines, but they have been paying the bills in Idaho for more than 100 years.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and USDA have announced the Next Gen Fertilizer Challenges, a competition to advance agricultural sustainability in the United States. The competition includes two challenges that seek proposals for new and existing fertilizer technologies to maintain…

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.

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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.

 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…

RUPERT — At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, a giant sugar beet will descend from the sky on the Rupert Square as part of the city’s newest community holiday party.

BLACKFOOT – While Bingham County’s potato harvest was winding down last week, the sugar beet harvest was just getting a good start, and while beets are less sensitive to cold than potatoes, farmers who grow them are almost as anxious to get their crops out of the ground before permanent cold…

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.