Mountain snowpack levels throughout Idaho entered January well below normal, but irrigators can breathe a bit easier thanks to a recent turn toward wetter weather and strong reservoir carryover.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — It was 2018, and after years of running a successful business in the Boise area — Same Day Electric — Patty Fletcher and her husband, Randy, wanted a change of pace.
POCATELLO — Hop production in Idaho rose for the eighth straight year in 2019, and production of the bitter beer ingredient set records again both at the state level and nationally.
POCATELLO – The impact that Idaho’s wine industry has on the state’s economy has grown substantially in recent years.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Idaho agribusiness firm is planning to compete with farm entrepreneur Frank Tiegs to buy the bankrupt NORPAC cooperative’s processing facility in Quincy, Washington.
BOISE — As one of the fastest growing states in the nation, Idaho faces a challenge of how to keep up with its population growth, yet also protect its farmers and farmland.
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Steelhead outfitters and guides at an Idaho forum talked about solutions to the declining fish population that is hurting their businesses.
BOISE – The Idaho Wine Commission received a $315,000 grant this year to promote and market Idaho wine.
Two Parma students have joined the American Angus Association.
At the top of Cold Springs summit, nearly 7,000 feet above sea level, Lucile rancher Marty Gill gets a charge out of the big view.
EAGLE — Thanksgiving will now have to share the fourth Thursday of November with a new national holiday.
Three Caldwell students received awards at an Oct. 25 ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri, for their successes in the National Junior Hereford Association Fed Steer Shootout.
CALDWELL — Idaho’s 2019 wine grape season has been a tale of two harvests.
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.
NAMPA — The Thomas-Woodard family in Nampa has been honored with the Century Farm Award, which recognizes families that have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years.
ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say the man who died in an accident at an eastern Oregon onion farm is 42-year-old Theodore Frahm of Ontario.
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.”
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.
BOISE — Many vendors who sell their food at the Boise Farmers Market weren’t sure what to expect when the market moved to a new location this year.
Caldwell — If you are looking for a different sort of adventure for the family, try adding a little agriculture to the mix.
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…
As the Twin Towers crumbled from the New York skyline on 9/11, Matt Brechwald felt a quickening in his pulse. He’d been pulled toward policing for quite some time, but those events propelled him to make the decision to pivot from the farming/ranching career he had been aiming for to one wher…
NAMPA — I grew up within five or 10 miles of citrus orchards, almond orchards, vineyards and livestock pastures, but after moving to the Treasure Valley this summer, I’ve been closer to agriculture and farmland than ever before.
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.
Heavy rain didn’t stop hundreds of people from attending University of Idaho’s annual Fruit Field Day Sept. 12 at the Parma Research and Extension Center.
STAR — Mike Moyle stood in his freshly cut mint field, the sweet fragrance perfuming a vista that abruptly shifts at the edge of the field, where cropland gives way to a construction zone full of new houses sprouting from the ground.
BOISE – Wolf depredations on livestock in Idaho reached a record level during the past fiscal year, which ended June 30.
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.
EMMETT – Gov. Brad Little’s effort to simplify and reduce Idaho rules and regulations could have a big impact on the state’s agricultural industry.
Competitive barbecue teams from across the West will descend on Boise to vie for the Idaho state championship at the Bands, Brews & BBQ Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Boise Spectrum.
EMMETT — For better than five decades, Andy Kendall has been engaged in the ranch and rodeo community in Gem County, and beyond. During the Gem/Boise County Fair and Rodeo, hosted Aug. 1-3, Kendall was honored with his selection as Grand Marshal for the parade and rodeo events.
A 16-year old high school junior from Middleton has been selected as the next Miss Gem/Boise County rodeo queen. Brooklyn Keller is the daughter of Malinda Shoemaker and Chris Dion of Middleton. She was crowned during the Saturday night performance of the ICA Rodeo during the Gem/Boise Count…
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Nez Perce Tribe has filed a lawsuit to force a Canadian company to clean up an idle central Idaho mining area — which the company says it plans to do if it gets approval from U.S. officials to restart mining at the site.
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.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Central Idaho ranch owners want construction of a trail connecting the popular tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley stopped and additional work to make it a smooth path for hikers and bikers prohibited.
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) — 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 …
PARMA — Tia Groves described her husband, Mason Groves, as an “entrepreneurial person with passion oozing out of his pores.” Last fall, that passion took the form of a hand-built, family-run mushroom farm in Parma.
By John O’Connell
Famous for its potatoes, Paul Beckman hopes Idaho will one day be known for a very different sort of tuber.
CALDWELL — A request by PETA to change the name of the curiously named Chicken Dinner Road didn’t go over well in Canyon County, which has the highest number of farmers in Idaho.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The most effective way to fight global warming is to plant lots of trees, a study says. A trillion of them, maybe more.
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.
BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Federal officials are weighing impassioned testimony from farmers, ranchers, hunters and wildlife advocates at the only public hearing in the country on the government’s latest attempt to take gray wolves off the endangered and threatened species list.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State and federal officials have identified 6,700 square miles in Idaho to test a plan that allows state participation in federal timber sales to pay for restoration work on private, state and federal lands.
SALEM, Ore. — Republicans in the Oregon Senate said Friday that they will end a more than weeklong walkout over emissions-lowering climate legislation that ground the Legislature to a halt, declaring victory in the political crisis that exposed the limits of overwhelming Democratic control i…
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.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Wolves are officially back in the Netherlands, two centuries after the animals were hunted to extinction in the country, after a pair produced a litter in the wild — news welcomed Thursday by conservationists.
NAMPA ─ A windmill spins in the front yard of Evert and Dora Jansen Van Beek. They sit to the side of their house and reminisce about the past, in view of the empty dairy barn that pays homage to the thriving dairy operation they once had.
MARSING – Idaho’s top farm commodity teamed up with one of the state’s fastest-growing agricultural sectors during a wine and cheese tasting event designed to showcase the two industries.
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.