Over the last 25 years, when there’s been a major water conflict on the vast Snake River Plain, Lynn Tominaga has been there defending farmers, ranchers, big dairies and major businesses like Anheuser- Busch, McCain Foods and Jerome Cheese through his leadership as executive director of the …
POCATELLO — The Southeast Idaho MATHCOUNTS Chapter announced on June 28 it received a grant for $5,000 from Bayer Fund, which will be used to help with the 2022 Chapter Competition that will be held in February 2022.
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.
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.
Two new potato varieties with ties to the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Aberdeen are poised to be released soon by the Tri-State Potato Research and Breeding Program.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers reversed course on an Obama-era proposal to charge for water drawn from reservoirs the Corps manages, North Dakota’s attorney general said Friday.
BOISE, Idaho — A land exchange between the U.S. and an Idaho agribusiness will expand a giant toxic waste pile next to tribal land and harm tribal members, an eastern Idaho tribe said in a lawsuit.
BLACKFOOT — Ron Barrett carves western saddles that are life-sized and appear so realistic an equestrian might be tempted to strap one on a horse and ride off into the sunset.
The Pocatello-based Sagebrush Steppe Regional Land Trust has set a goal of recruiting 80 new members and raising at least $16,000 in funds from individual donors by the year’s end.
POCATELLO — The University of Idaho’s “Idaho AgBiz” website offers a lot of helpful resources to farmers and ranchers but it also may be one of the best-hidden gems of the Gem State.
IDAHO FALLS — For half a century, Joyce Thiel has made every day of potato harvest like a holiday for her workers.
POCATELLO — Interest in the Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s annual specialty crop program was up considerably this year compared with last year.
EAGLE, Idaho (AP) — Lamb Weston Holdings Inc. (LW) on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $89.3 million.
Last spring, early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Pam Olsen noticed something very unusual happening.
AMMON — Residents hand-picked 1,480 pounds of red, gold, purple and brown potatoes from dark, rich soil dug by an antique machine here recently.
POCATELLO — The University of Idaho and the Idaho Potato Commission are working out logistics of moving a couple of major events for potato farmers in southeast Idaho to a remote format, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ABERDEEN — For several decades, flowering rush remained a problem with no clear solution for the managers of the Aberdeen-Springfield Canal Co.
Chicken sales have been soaring since spring when consumers became concerned about food production during the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Idahoan Foods donated 10,000 masks to the Idaho Falls community on Thursday.
After nearly four decades of offering visitors a taste of an Old West experience, Mountain River Ranch north of Heise is for sale.
The Anheuser-Busch Foundation is donating $200,000 toward a University of Idaho sustainable water and soil health demonstration farm, which is devoted to studying crop rotations, cover crops and livestock integration.
Several University of Idaho Extension field days have been offered virtually this summer due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Riders have been practicing their riding skills before the first horse show in a series of shows in the Central Idaho Open Horse Show Association for kids and adults.
POCATELLO — A local veterans service organization has established a new military honor guard, which received a sizable donation Wednesday from Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Idaho.
EAGLE — The Idaho Potato Commission has temporarily suspended its Big Idaho Potato Truck’s cross-country tour due to the COVID-19 crisis.
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.
Idaho hop acres rose again in 2020, the ninth straight year that has happened.
POCATELLO — When it comes to milk prices, Idaho’s dairy industry has been on a roller-coaster ride since last fall. Right now, the roller-coaster in on a sharp upswing.
For two years, manufacturing designer Ehsan Soltan of American Falls collaborated with farmers to develop and test a wireless soil sensor in Southeast Idaho fields.
New data suggests the coronavirus pandemic led Idaho farmers to plant spring wheat on tens of thousands of acres typically reserved for potatoes, barley and sugar beets.
BOISE — The Idaho Wheat Commission’s new executive director, Casey Chumrau, knows she has big shoes to fill but leaders of the state’s wheat industry are confident she has the skills and experience to do that.
BOISE — Idaho’s wheat industry is losing one of its biggest assets as Blaine Jacobson retires after 18 years as executive director of the Idaho Wheat Commission.
FIRTH – When you step into the home of Nels and Emma Just, who were two of East Idaho’s first settlers, in many ways it looks like they’ve just stepped out for a bit.
SODA SPRINGS — Regional fishery experts believe stream restoration projects done in partnership with cattle ranchers have helped make this spring one of the best on record for the Upper Blackfoot River’s migrating cutthroat trout.
BOISE — A federal lawsuit challenging Idaho’s ballot initiative process as unconstitutional because it requires signatures from multiple legislative districts has been dismissed, potentially clearing the way for lawmakers to make the initiative process much more difficult.
Caribou County farmer Jason Stoddard is one of many Eastern Idaho seed potato growers who have been stuck with lots of spuds that will never be planted due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The work being done in Pocatello High School science teacher Maygan Layson’s laboratory could someday help protect the public from antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”
Leadership in FFA comes naturally to Herman Roberts.
MERIDIAN — In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dairy West has launched Curds + Kindness, a program to direct surplus dairy products to people in need throughout Idaho and Utah.
Life on the Range, produced by the Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission, won first place in the recent Idaho Press Club awards for its five-part educational and video series “Wolves in Idaho.”
POCATELLO — Making the best of a bad situation, many county Farm Bureau organizations in Idaho have provided food banks and other feeding organizations with food donations or financial help during the coronavirus outbreak.
MILWAUKEE — The American Malting Barley Association Board of Directors has approved the addition of ABI Eagle to the list of recommended malting barley varieties for 2020.
FIRTH — Each April at the Reid Ranch, relatives and friends gather to brand the new calf crop the traditional way, with ropers on horseback and irons heated in an open fire.
Agricultural producers and others interested in Idaho agriculture are invited to attend the 2020 sessions of Ag Talk Tuesday, organized by University of Idaho Extension.
NITRO, W.Va. — The sweet peppers were picked over, the tomatoes were taken and the flowers were fixing to be next. The empty spots on the store’s display were starting to outnumber the full ones.
Tyson Foods recently suspended production at its Waterloo, Iowa, pork processing plant due to a growing coronavirus outbreak among employees. The plant was Tyson’s largest, employing some 2,800 workers and processing 19,500 pigs a day. At least 180 confirmed infections originated from the pl…
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump took executive action to order meat processing plants to stay open amid concerns over growing coronavirus cases and the impact on the nation’s food supply.
Intermountain Farm & Ranch recently won four awards in the Idaho Press Club’s Best of 2019 Awards competition.
VIRGINIA — John and Karen Brady acknowledge they broke the cardinal rule of retail when they opened a large garden center in a sparsely populated area about 35 miles south of Pocatello.
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…
OMAHA, Neb. — Some massive meat processing plants have closed at least temporarily because their workers were sickened by the new coronavirus, raising concerns that there could soon be shortages of beef, pork and poultry in supermarkets.
POCATELLO – Just like the farmers and ranchers they serve, Idaho’s agricultural commissions and organizations are plowing ahead with their normal activities.
With the loss of one of its major markets — the restaurant industry — some Idaho dairy farms started dumping excess milk this past weekend.
Without the usual labor force provided by students due to the coronavirus, agricultural science teachers and FFA advisors face the daunting task of running school greenhouses by themselves. Their work is crucial because springtime plant sales help finance agriculture programs year-round. Sha…
BOISE, Idaho — U.S. officials are using the coronavirus pandemic to force a through long-delayed Idaho livestock grazing allotment decision in critical sage grouse habitat for a powerful agribusiness, an environmental group says.