ABERDEEN — Farmers throughout much of the state may be in for a weedy growing season, due to cold and rainy spring weather, a University of Idaho Extension weed expert said.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have released their review on removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recreation and habitat for imperiled sage grouse.

If you like munching on seedlings, consider directing your palate toward microgreens. These tiny vegetables burst with rich, leafy flavors ranging from spicy to sweet, and their nutritional power exceeds that of the adult plants.

AMERICAN FALLS — In 2006, when Greg Andersen began managing Seagull Bay Dairy near American Falls, he hoped the dairy would be at the forefront of Holstein breeding trends nationally and internationally.

Flowering “bee lawns” that attract pollinators are a compromise between fastidious turf management and the more casual yard approach. They add biodiversity to the landscape and need less maintenance. That makes them cost-effective, too.

Many brands have mascots to help engage consumers with their products. Examples include Ronald McDonald, the Energizer Bunny, the Jolly Green Giant, Mr. Peanut — and I have no doubt you can name dozens of others.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Forest Service to consult with other federal agencies about nearly two dozen water diversion projects in central Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley that could be harming salmon, steelhead and bull trout.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s wet spring and below-average temperatures the last three months will likely mean a later start for forest fires, but rangeland fires could be a problem as grasses dry out, a federal wildfire forecaster said Tuesday.

BLACKFOOT – There are many agricultural operations in Bingham County that carry the appellation “Family Farm,” and if that means one that’s handed down from father to son and operated with only family labor, the Hatch Dairy off Rich Lane is the epitome of the term.

SHELLEY — The genetic revolution in the dairy industry was barely a blip on his career radar screen when Dr. Kevin Crandall graduated from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003.

BOISE — Idaho exported $231 million worth of agricultural products to other nations during the first three months of 2019, an 8 percent increase compared with the same period in 2018.

BOISE — Parma High School art teacher Linda McMillin recently put the finishing touches on a 35-foot long agricultural mural she painted on a wall in an underground tunnel beneath the Idaho State Capitol building.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A seed developer from the Netherlands credited with introducing high quality disease-resistant vegetable seeds to more than 60 countries including the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia was recently awarded the 2019 World Food Prize.

BOISE — Giving away the original 6-ton replica Russet Burbank that once toured the nation on its Great Big Idaho Potato Truck is paying major dividends for the Idaho Potato Commission.

Convict leasing for agriculture — a system that allows states to sell prison labor to private farms — became infamous in the late 1800s for the brutal conditions it imposed on captive, mostly black workers.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A plan to kill wolves and other predators that attack livestock, deer and elk in Idaho is the subject of an environmental study that will include public comment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.

SODA SPRINGS — J.R. Simplot Co. has rerouted a stream away from tainted waste rock and built a $30 million water treatment plant in its efforts to keep selenium out of the water supply near its Smoky Canyon Mine.

MOSCOW — A partnership between University of Idaho and an international wheat and barley breeding company is yielding its first collaborative wheat varieties, selected for planting in the Pacific Northwest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced June 7 that genetically modified wheat plants have been found growing in a fallow farm field in Washington State.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials have copied a page from President Donald Trump’s playbook in recent days, taking to Twitter to communicate that they are working flat-out to de-escalate tensions over immigration and avoid punitive tariffs on all Mexican exports to the U.S.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho couple whose lawsuit against the U.S Environmental Protection Agency was kept alive by a U.S. Supreme Court decision has filed an appeal after losing that lawsuit in U.S. District Court.

The Enemy: Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

BURLEY — McDonald’s french fries were scrutinized by robotic eyes, peeled, sorted and bagged in a highly automated process Monday as visitors toured the new McCain Foods USA plant during the company’s grand opening.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration found substantial levels of a worrisome class of nonstick, stain-resistant industrial compounds in some grocery store meats and seafood and in off-the-shelf chocolate cake, according to FDA researchers.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Democratic governor of Montana who is running for president and the Republican secretary of state who wants his job are locked in a constitutional dispute over a uniquely Western issue that lies at the intersection of politics, wildlife, agriculture and property rights.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — If you had driven past Shane Bristol’s farm south of York last month, you might have seen a construction yellow-colored tractor with a planter attached tooling around his soybean field.

SALEM, Ore. — The gray wolf is on track for a remarkable comeback after being almost exterminated in the contiguous United States, but a Trump administration proposal to take the iconic symbol of the wild off the endangered species list has exposed divisions among states.

MERIDIAN — This year’s Dairy Days will include all the events the community has come to expect and enjoy — pancakes, a petting zoo and dairy animal competitions — with one big change. The parade will be held on Saturday instead of Friday.