POCATELLO – President Donald Trump today announced a “very substantial phase one deal” with China that includes a pledge by China to buy significantly more U.S. agricultural products.
GRACE — A trade team representing China’s craft beer industry visited Idaho Oct. 9-12 to learn about the state’s malt barley industry.
Editor's note: This is the final installment of a three-part series on local grain economies. Part I covered the value consumers of local grain place on producers' stories. Part II detailed the rise of small mills in the Northwest. All installments are posted online at postregister.com/farma…
Zak and Rick Miller expect to lose a portion of their potato crop to frost damage, but their St. Anthony farm is positioned to survive thanks to a recent outpouring of community support.
CALDWELL — Brad McIntyre said when he and his family sat down to set goals for their family farm in Caldwell, their first priority was God, and their second was “providing the community with a healthy product that would benefit their life and their health.”
Eastern Idaho's congressman hopes to introduce a bill in the coming weeks to make it easier for farmers to hire immigrant workers.
The winning pumpkins of the the first annual Franklin County 4-H Giant Pumpkin Growing Contest are on their way to Salt Lake City to become boats in the ninth annual Ginormous Pumpkin Regatta on Oct. 19 at Oquirrh Lake, said Courtney Webster, mother of Winnie and Ned Webster who won the contest.
POCATELLO — The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that U.S. net farm income will total $88 billion in 2019, which would be an increase of $4 billion, or 5 percent, over 2018.
Temperatures will be well below freezing this week, and there are still some potatoes left in the ground awaiting harvest. Probability of frost damage occurring on some of the remaining crop is high. Although weather is always hard to predict, it appears cooler temperatures will prevail over…
Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a three-part series on local grain economies. Part I covered the value consumers of local grain place on producers’ stories. Part III, describing the Washington State University Bread Lab’s efforts to promote local grain as a flavorful and hea…
Roughly an inch of snow fell on James Hoff’s potato fields south of Idaho Falls on Wednesday as he and his crews raced to bring in the rest of the crop.
POCATELLO — The city hopes to secure $240,000 in grant funds to thin juniper stands in municipally owned ravines above the East Bench, thereby protecting homes in the Highland neighborhood from the threat of fire.
Newdale farmer seriously injured in tractor accident
CALDWELL – Several thousand people from southwestern Idaho turned out to support farmers and the preservation of farmland during the inaugural Treasure Our Valley festival Oct. 5.
POCATELLO — East County Road just outside of Pocatello near the J.R. Simplot Don Plant had to be temporarily closed Tuesday morning after a heavy truck overturned, spilling potatoes onto the roadway.
Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a three-part series on local grain economies. Part II, detailing the rise of small mills in the Northwest, will run in the Oct. 11 edition of Farm & Ranch. Part III, describing the Washington State University Bread Lab’s efforts to promote …
Marc Beitia, who is both the mayor of American Falls and an agriculture teacher at American Falls High School, is elbows deep in projects and programs this year.
BOISE — Much has changed in the Treasure Valley since the first pioneers began settling there. The Dry Creek Historical Society is offering the community the chance to step back in time to the 1860’s and experience what those early days were like at the Old Time Farm Day on Sunday, Oct. 6 fr…
Land managers hope a barbed-wire fence under construction in the Caribou National Forest's Mink Creek Area will keep cows away from several popular trails while also protecting 2,000 acres within a sensitive watershed.
IDAHO FALLS — Beginning Oct. 2019, the Caribou-Targhee National Forest will begin participating in visitor information surveys to learn how people use their public lands.
BOISE — Gov. Brad Little joined representatives of the Idaho Wheat Commission and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle in the State Capitol today to sign a letter of intent for the Taiwan Flour Mills Association to purchase about $576 million in U.S. wheat over the next two years.
What began as a humble potato equipment company more than 60 years ago by two brothers in East Idaho has developed into part of a multi-national company supplying potato equipment to growers around the world.
BLACKFOOT — Bingham County’s farmers have endured a growing season of uncertain weather, starting with a planting season beset by rain and cold spells that morphed into a summer that came with a hot spell accompanied by wind that lasted through grain harvest and into potatoes.
SHELLEY — Despite chilly weather to start the day, the 91st Idaho Spud Day still brought out a decent crowd Saturday and kept the long-running tradition of Shelley’s community celebration — one of the biggest in Bingham County — alive.
IDAHO FALLS — Local miller Jeremiah Clark plans to soon expand into a new Idaho Falls facility with the capacity to process up to 5 percent of the world’s quinoa supply.
POCATELLO – Idaho’s total net farm income in 2018 was much higher than anticipated, recently released USDA data shows.
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.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have approved turning loose a non-native insect to feed on an invasive thistle that sprouts in everything from rangelands to vineyards to wilderness areas, mainly in the U.S. West.
POCATELLO — Idaho State University was recently awarded a five-year, $2.375 million federal grant to help local seasonal farm workers and their immediate family members earn a high school equivalency diploma.
SHELLEY — One of the biggest annual celebrations in Bingham County, the 91st Idaho Spud Day, is coming up here this week.
Recent data supplied by Potatoes USA shows the value of potato exports was up in all categories for the marketing year that ended on July 1, though officials say gains would have been even stronger if not for retaliatory tariffs.
BLACKFOOT – Idaho Farm Bureau Federation teamed up with a petting zoo at the recent Eastern Idaho State Fair to teach people about animal agriculture through a hands-on learning experience.
POCATELLO — Idaho continues to hold the unchallenged No. 1 spot among 11 Western states when it comes to farm cash receipts on a per capita basis.
POCATELLO – Idaho’s total potato production in 2018 has been valued at $1.03 billion, a 5 percent increase over the 2017 total of $975 million and the second highest total ever.
Mackay High School’s aquaculture class has big plans for a tiny school.
Wood River Valley to host annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival
The Enemy: Annual Kochia
This fall, Mattson Thompson of Shelley will pursue a college degree as a surgical technician with the help of a $6,000 scholarship and several other scholarships.
FORT HALL — Three greenhouses that remained idle for years and had virtually no functional equipment are now helping the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes preserve culturally significant native plants.
As with many other crops, the seeding of barley was delayed in some areas due to the cool-wet spring. One consequence has been a later and longer harvest period in many barley growing areas.
NEW YORK (AP) — Could Brexit bring America's "chlorinated chicken" to the United Kingdom?
Big beer is still duking it out over corn syrup.
KETCHUM — Weather conditions at harvest largely drove the prevalence of defects and the types of quality problems that retailers encountered with Idaho’s 2017 and 2018 fresh potato crops, new University of Idaho research suggests.
KETCHUM — Idaho potato industry leaders fear they may be adversely affected by Europe’s recent decision not to renew certification of a chemical used globally to inhibit tubers from sprouting in storage.
Congressional aids tour Treasure Valley farm country
PLEASANT VALLEY — A local potato farmer believes he can cut back on his use of fumigation by raising two specific commercial crops — oriental mustard and a promising new spud variety called Clearwater Russet.
KETCHUM — The Idaho Potato Commission has teamed with a 14-year-old ventriloquist who wowed the judges on “America’s Got Talent” and a young child who reviews toys on YouTube, seeking to reach a younger generation of consumers.
KIMBERLY — Marissa Steiner and Tyler Mangum have been looking through microscopes for hours, scanning hand-sized, yellow sticky cards studded with dead insects.
Skagit County, Washington, dairy farmer Dwayne Faber said young farmers need to have more of a business mindset than farmers of previous generations and they need to think of innovative ways to run their farms.
POCATELLO — Despite trade wars and rumors of trade wars, the total value of Idaho agricultural exports increased 7 percent during the first six months of 2019, compared with the same period last year.
Landowners and conservation professionals are excited about a new type of woody structure that mimics beaver dams. The benefits are similar — they store water, slow down runoff in streams and enhance fish and wildlife habitat.
The enemy: Puncturevine (Tribulus terrestris)
POCATELLO — National and Idaho farm groups quickly applauded the Aug. 25 announcement that the U.S. and Japan have reached a trade agreement in principle.
Basic American Foods has announced plans to close its manufacturing plant in Shelley and its ingredients plant in Blackfoot, phasing out production at both facilities over two years.
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — The thick scent of smoke hung in the midday air when a trail along the Kings River opened up to an ominous scene: flames in the trees and thick gray smoke shrouding canyon walls.