When retail grocers complain about defects in their fresh potatoes and you’re known worldwide for growing famous potatoes it’s something you as an industry take a proprietary interest in correcting.
A recent analysis by Commodity.com, which is a website devoted to the trading of commodities, has concluded Idaho’s economy is the fifth most dependent on agriculture of all of the state in the U.S.
The state’s fiscal health, the drought gripping the Pacific Northwest and challenges to moving Idaho commodities throughout the nation were among the top issues Gov. Brad Little addressed during a recent speech before the Idaho Grower Shippers Association.
POCATELLO — A Utah transportation and logistics company hosted a grand opening celebration Wednesday morning of a local intermodal rail terminal, which will be the first facility of its kind in the state.
POCATELLO — The concept of building a locally based rail port to open Asian export markets to landlocked Idaho farmers was first proposed two and a half years ago during an informal meeting at the Great Western Malting Plant.
Idaho is on pace to set a record for total agricultural export value, according to at least one set of data.
The total value of Idaho farm product exports increased 1 percent during the first three months of 2021, while nationwide, the value increased by 24 percent.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has completed a 100-day review of supply chains and will form a task force to address the bottlenecks in the semiconductor, construction, transportation and agriculture sectors.
For fresh U.S. potato shippers such as Lance Poole of Idaho Falls, gaining full access to the Mexican market has been a frustrating and elusive pursuit, offering the promise of a huge reward.
MADRID, Iowa (AP) — In 43 years of farming, Morey Hill had seen crop-destroying weather, rock-bottom prices, trade fights and surges in government aid, but not until last year had he endured it all in one season.
Twenty-seven of the nation’s leading food and agriculture associations have raised the alarm over what they claim is a rapidly deteriorating trade relationship with Mexico when it comes to food and ag product exports.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of farmers has filed an antitrust case against several big agricultural companies, contending the companies worked together to ban e-commerce sales in order to keep prices artificially high.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Potato Council and 26 leading food and agriculture associations sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai yesterday communicating growing concerns over the rapid deterioration of the U.S.-Mexico trade rel…
Despite the myriad logistical challenges posed by COVID-19, Idaho’s agricultural industry is still finding ways to export the farm products it produces to other countries.
With the click of a mouse, U.S. potato growers will participate this month in a lobbying trip that usually requires them to board a plane and put in nearly a week of long days in Washington, D.C.
AP Economics Writer
Government payments helped Idaho’s food producers reap record profits in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new University of Idaho report.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A $900 billion pandemic relief package that Congress approved on Monday night contains several provisions that should significantly help the nation’s farmers, according to leaders with the National Potato Council.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump carried Harvey County, in south central Kansas, by 20 points. That was no surprise to dairy farmer Jason Schmidt, who voted for President-elect Joe Biden.
WASHINGTON — National Potato Council CEO Kam Quarles issued the following statement congratulating Tom Vilsack on his nomination by President-elect Biden to return to his role as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
President-elect Joe Biden says he won’t immediately lift tariffs placed by President Donald Trump on many imports from China or break Trump’s initial trade deal.
The total value of Idaho agricultural exports increased 4 percent through the first nine months of the year.
China and 14 other countries agreed Sunday to set up the world’s largest trading bloc, encompassing nearly a third of all economic activity, in a deal many in Asia are hoping will help hasten a recovery from the shocks of the pandemic.
SUMATRA, Indonesia — With his hand clamped tightly over her mouth, she could not scream, the 16-year-old girl recalls – and no one was around to hear her anyway. She describes how her boss raped her amid the tall trees on an Indonesian palm oil plantation that feeds into some of the world’s …
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.
The total value of Idaho farm product exports last year increased 9 percent compared with the previous year, while U.S. wide, the value of ag exports decreased 2 percent.
USDA data shows that farmers and ranchers are the main driver behind the significant growth in the state’s overall agricultural sector over the past few decades.
The Idaho Barley Commission and Idaho Wheat Commission normally host about 10 trade delegations between them each year.
POCATELLO — A Texas-based developer of temperature-controlled warehouse space that specializes in providing agricultural shipping logistics broke ground on July 30 for its massive facility at the Pocatello Regional Airport.
A ground-breaking ceremony was hosted Thursday afternoon for the planned Frigitek Cold Storage facility, which will be located in the business park at the Pocatello Regional Airport.
International trade experts within the potato industry are encouraged by a new trade agreement with China but have concerns about a rise in frozen fry imports from Europe.
With the nation continuing to reel from the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Potato Council’s annual summer meeting was held using Zoom teleconferencing and Facebook on June 25.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused U.S. potato prices to drop by about 21% from Jan. 15 through April 15, according to the industry’s surveys of potato growers and processors in major potato production areas.
U.S. barley growers suddenly have access to a tantalizing new market: China, the world’s most populous country and also the largest producer and consumer of beer.
BOISE — More than 220,000 U.S. food producers had already filed for $2.8 billion in aid as of June 15 under a federal relief program for farmers and ranchers hurt by COVID-19, according to Farm Service Agency records.
POCATELLO — The total value of Idaho’s agricultural exports during the first three months of 2020 was up 11% compared with the same period in 2019.
ELTOPIA, Wash. — For farmer Mike Pink, spring is supposed to be a time of hope, when he can survey a green field of young potato plants and anticipate the bounty to be pulled from the sandy soils of the Columbia Basin.
BOISE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reported that Chinese buyers recently purchased 340,000 metric tons, or about 12.5 million bushels, of U.S. hard red winter wheat for delivery in the 2020/21 marketing year. This is a significant purchase volume and the largest since China imple…
The novel coronavirus has shocked the world’s economies.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that China has taken numerous actions to begin implementing its agriculture-related commitments under the landmark U.S.-China Phase One Economic and …
BOISE – State and federal leaders joined representatives of Idaho’s agriculture community Feb. 20 to celebrate passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has informed USDA that U.S. chipping potatoes are now allowed to enter year-round.
Idaho grain farmers have been meeting with top officials and lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and speaking at in-state events recently to build support for their federal legislative priorities.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a trade agreement Wednesday with China that is expected to boost exports from U.S. farmers and manufacturers and is aimed at lowering tensions in a long-running dispute between the economic powers.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — President Donald Trump likes to joke that America’s farmers have a nice problem on their hands: They’re going to need bigger tractors to keep up with surging Chinese demand for their soybeans and other agricultural goods under a preliminary deal between the world’s two lar…
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Tuesday following a rally on Wall Street that sent the major indexes to record highs, cheered by surprisingly strong economic reports out of China.
TWIN FALLS — The news Tuesday that Congressional Democrats had reached a deal with the White House to approve a new North America trade agreement was welcomed in Idaho, where officials said the development will help the dairy industry.
It’s been over a year since the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was signed and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi motioned for the trade agreement to be brought to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote.
The recent approval of an updated trade agreement for North America is good news for U.S. potato growers who do business in Mexico, according to the top official with the potato industry's lobbying organization.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced agreement on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the very same day that Democrats announced their impeachment charges against him.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Nov. 22 told people to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, because of another food poisoning outbreak.
TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets were subdued Tuesday after China said its top trade envoy and other senior officials spoke by phone with U.S. negotiators.
POCATELLO — Two separate sets of federal data both show that the total value of Idaho agricultural exports is on the rise.
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market inched higher Nov. 18, the latest nudge in its record-setting, six-week run, as markets wait for the next development in trade talks between the United States and China.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed a Chinese official’s assertion that his administration has agreed to roll back some of the higher tariffs it’s imposed on Chinese goods.