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.”
CHALLIS — March turned out to be a drier month than a normal Idaho March, according to Ron Abramovich, water supply specialist with the Idaho Natural Resources Conservation Service, but February’s major storms almost guarantee adequate water for users this year.
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.
All aspects of irrigation are projected to be quite good this year, Idaho water officials say.
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.
MERIDIAN — If you see a drone buzzing over a field near you, it might be your neighbor’s kid taking his quadcopter up for a spin, or it could very well be a farmer checking on his crops.
How can astronauts grow nutritious fresh food to eat while orbiting in the International Space Station? Mackay High School sophomore Chase Green suggests a solution.
CHALLIS — February shaped up as one for the record books as far as snow totals in Idaho, according to a report from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
EMMETT —While the heavy snow of two years ago appears to have been avoided by much of Gem County this winter, a wetter than normal February has provided a mixed bag of good and cautionary news moving into spring.
BOISE — Legislation pending in Idaho’s House of Representatives would force french fry processors to try negotiating with a growers’ cooperative rather than taking contracts straight to potato farmers’ fields.
CHALLIS —The varied January weather across Idaho is reflected in the state’s snowpack, the monthly water supply outlook report from the Natural Resources Conservation Service shows.
Famous for its potatoes, eastern Idaho can now lay claim to being North America’s major producer of a lesser-known crop — an ancient pseudo-cereal called quinoa.
TWIN FALLS — Gem State Dairy Products LLC, announced plans Monday to establish one of the largest aseptic milk processing plants in the United States and will be located in Twin Falls.
POCATELLO (IFBF) — Idaho Farm Bureau Federation will contribute $100,000 to the University of Idaho’s proposed Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment.
PRESTON — The Northwest Agricultural Cooperative Council representing local and regional cooperatives in Idaho, Oregon and Washington recently joined forces with the FFA organization to recognize two legislators with the NWACC Friend of the Industry Award. Those recognized were:
BOISE (UI) — A plan to create the nation’s largest research dairy advanced Feb. 14 with the Idaho State Board of Education’s vote to allow the University of Idaho to buy land for the $45 million project.
CHALLIS — Lost River Highway District officials want to form an exploratory committee to determine if people want to create a flood control tax district along the Big Lost River.
BOISE — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Wednesday signed HB 1, the Treasure Valley water rights settlement bill, into law, and praised the collaborative process that brought all sides together on it.
The motto of the FFA youth organization is: Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.
POCATELLO — The 50th annual Idaho Seed Potato Growers Seminar offered optimism and information on how using certified seed is decreasing a variety of potato diseases.
The 40th annual Eastern Idaho Ag Expo opened on Tuesday in Holt Arena and the 51st annual Idaho Potato Conference opened the following day in the Pond Student Union on the Idaho State University campus.
When you examine Idaho’s economy there’s little doubt who is in the driver’s seat.
BOISE — During this year’s Girls Scout Cookie Sale, the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage are again teaming up with Dairy West to donate to the Idaho Foodbank to help those in need.
POCATELLO — The middle of January is a special time of year in Pocatello. It’s the time of year when four-wheel drive, heavy-duty diesel pickups take command of Pocatello’s ice-covered streets and a lot of talk in town is centered on potatoes and potato equipment.
A young, fallow deer buck was recently seen on the east side of Whitney, pleasantly grazing its way through a field.
DESHLER, Neb. — Reinke Manufacturing Co. has recognized Rain for Rent, with locations in Idaho Falls, Nampa and Paul, as well as locations in California and Arizona, as one of the top 10 highest-selling dealerships throughout the United States and Canada, in acknowledgment of the company’s m…
Another year is coming to an end and once again it’s time to recap the year in eastern Idaho agriculture.
PRESTON — Bob and Michael Newswander, of Preston, are being featured in a national drive to encourage Americans to know who their honey comes from.
MACKAY — With all the opportunities that the Mackay FFA offers students, one of the most interesting and fun is the annual 11-day bus trip to the National FFA Convention.
CHALLIS — The Fisher Creek livestock grazing allotment in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area south of Stanley has been voluntarily retired under U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson’s legislation that created wilderness in the area, Stanley Deputy Ranger Brian Anderson told the Custer County commission…
UCON — The tiny community of Ucon, north of Idaho Falls, recreated and celebrated the Nativity before about 600 people on a recent cold December evening.
CHALLIS —A half-dozen volunteer members of the North Custer Rodeo Committee approached the Custer County commissioners last month with budget questions, ambitious plans to improve the rodeo grounds in Challis and a vision for the facility’s future.
REXBURG — Four teens from Madison High School have won state for livestock judging and are headed to nationals in Denver, Colo.
Kim Getzinger has a family history of conservation and a real attachment to his trees.