SEATTLE (AP) — Last month, a net pen used for fish farming and operated by Cooke Aquaculture Pacific began to dip below the surface off Bainbridge Island.
BOISE – Idaho will retain its spot as the nation’s top barley-producing state this year, and Idaho barley farmers produced almost a third of the United States’ total barley supply.
The grandson of a longtime rancher and former state lawmaker has recently started a program that has in some ways made him the black sheep of Idaho’s ovine community.
An early October cold snap that brought record low temperatures to many parts of Idaho affected thousands of acres of crops that were still in the ground.
TWIN FALLS — He remembers the day he first laid eyes on the combine.
BURLEY — Even on a 100-degree day, workers on the warehouse floor can see clouds of their own breath. They can smell french fries, too, as they walk between royal-blue steel beams and boxes upon boxes of frozen fries and appetizers.
JEROME — When a group of dairy families opened Idaho Milk Products a decade ago, the company faced a murky future at best. The $80 million facility began churning out cream and protein during a recession, at a time of painfully low milk prices.
Big beer is still duking it out over corn syrup.
Food Producers of Idaho, representing over 40 commodity and farm organizations in Idaho, has named the 2019 Featured Farm Families for Twin Falls County Fair.
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.
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.
TWIN FALLS — She was dressed in her best clothes and high heels. The strangers she paid to take her across the border said they would pass her off as a tourist. Instead, she had to brave the desert.
Wheat farmers throughout the state are reporting average yields and good quality, though they’re harvesting about two weeks behind schedule, according to industry sources.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to prevent the state of Washington from killing more wolves from a pack that is preying on cattle.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A U.S. Forest Service plan released Friday would reduce designated sage grouse habitat in Wyoming and Nevada while easing grazing rules intended to protect the ground-dwelling birds in five Western states.
WASHINGTON (AP) — China decided Monday to meet President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat with defiance, letting its currency drop to an 11-year low and halting purchases of U.S. farm products.
Reigning as queen of That Famous Preston Night Rodeo is McKenna Ward, from Burley. Her first attendant is Taylor Hymas, of Ovid, and second attendant is Hadley Seeds from West Point, Utah.
BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken an initial step to reauthorize a predator-killing poison that injured a Pocatello area boy and killed his dog.
IDAHO FALLS – The Idaho Barley Commission has reduced its annual revenue projection by about 6 percent for the coming fiscal year, compared with last year.
DOWNEY — In addition to showing off a rabbit he raised as a 4-H project, Owen Paul honored a personal hero at the Bannock County Fair — a family friend named Colin Veltman.
WASHINGTON (AP) — An ardent critic of the federal government who has argued for selling off almost all public lands has been named the Trump administration’s top steward over nearly a quarter-billion federally controlled acres, raising new questions about the administration’s intentions for …
ABERDEEN — Participants in a recent tour of cereal research plots sampled a special ale, called American Blonde, made with a locally developed malt variety intended to better serve the needs of the growing craft brewing industry.
EAST IDAHO — There are a number of county fairs happening throughout East Idaho in the coming weeks.
JEROME — The University of Idaho has bought more property for its massive research dairy, locking in a Jerome site for a public visitor center, housing, faculty offices and classrooms for the Idaho Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE).
IDAHO FALLS — Leaders in Idaho’s potato industry see signs that the state will produce a smaller crop this fall than in 2018, when growers reported record yields, and the manageable crop size should contribute to a strong marketing year.
REXBURG — The Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer water level dropped slightly in the past year, but aquifer spring flows are showing a general upward trend overall, indicating that the aquifer is still rebounding as a result of wet winters, ESPA recharge flows, water reductions by ground water irri…
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A judge says he won’t block sheep grazing in a mountain range on the Idaho-Montana border despite worries by wildlife advocates that federally-protected grizzly bears could be harmed.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge will allow eastern Oregon ranchers who were convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land to graze cattle on parts of a federal allotment this season on a limited basis.
Idaho Beef Council giving tickets to Chukars game
CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — Women are running about one-third of the farms in Idaho, but agriculture officials say that’s nothing new.
TWIN FALLS — The Magic Valley is home to a lot of cows. There are roughly 417,000 of them, more than twice as many as the area’s human inhabitants.
MERIDIAN — After leaving his family’s Meridian farm to attend the University of Idaho, mint brought fourth-generation Idaho farmer Drew Eggers back home.
BANCROFT — Nowadays, the 480-acre dry-land wheat farm that George C. Rigby bought back in 1910 is enrolled in the federal Conservation Reserve Program — which pays land owners to manage their ground as wildlife habitat.
ABERDEEN — University of Idaho Extension weed specialist Pam Hutchinson intentionally damages the nine crops in her long and narrow garden, using 30 different herbicides commonly applied in the region.
A “discussion starter” bill that was introduced late in the 2019 Idaho legislative session was designed to provide seed producers further protection from a possible warehouse failure.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A legal advocacy organization has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging an Arkansas state law that farm organizations have used to shield themselves from undercover investigations by animal rights groups.
LOGAN, Utah — Utah State University announced June 27 that Doctor Eric Bastian, of Twin Falls, is the new director of the Western Dairy Center.
Meridian High School agriculture teacher Steve Wilder led the Real Dairy Parade as grand marshal June 22 during Meridian Dairy Days.
ABERDEEN — The University of Idaho’s Aberdeen Research and Extension Center will be hosting its biennial Twilight Tour from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17.
HAZELTON — Groundwater users in south-central and eastern Idaho are working to stave off water curtailment by the Idaho Department of Water Resources under a 4-year-old agreement to restore the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer and thereby end future water battles.
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.
Winter wheat fields throughout Southern and Eastern Idaho may have sustained significant damage from recent early morning frosts, a University of Idaho Extension cereals pathologist warned.
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.
Bureau of Reclamation officials are planning to do some maintenance and rehabilitation work on the American Falls Dam in the next two years.
POCATELLO – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture plans to award a total of $1.86 million this year to 13 projects designed to benefit Idaho’s specialty crop industries.
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.
BURLEY — Embattled beef processor Ida-Beef has again botched a slaughter, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report.
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.
POCATELLO — University of Idaho has announced a long list of summer field days, tours and events.
BLACKFOOT — When you go back through the history of Miller’s Honey — dating back around 125 years — Bingham County has played a big part in that history.
WENDELL — A dairy in the midst of shutting down has filed a lawsuit against its bookkeeper, claiming she embezzled more than $700,000 from the company.
BOISE (BLM) — Eleven Western governors, including Idaho Gov. Brad Little, recently designated May as “Wildfire Awareness Month.”
Cowboy gear artists who often lead solitary lives because of the nature of their art or lifestyles, living on remote farms and ranches, met up last week to network and learn more about the business side of their art, during the inaugural Idaho Cowgirl Congress Showcase and Demonstration.
KIMBERLY — You may not recognize a mint farmer by the looks of him, but his aromatic crop is unmistakable. Its sweet, spicy-cool scent makes mint one of man’s most valued herbs.