PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of the worst droughts in memory in a massive agricultural region straddling the California-Oregon border could mean steep cuts to irrigation water for hundreds of farmers this summer to sustain endangered fish species critical to local tribes.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers appeared intrigued but skeptical on Monday when pitched a plan to lop off about three-fourths of Oregon and add it to Idaho to create what would become the nation’s third-largest state geographically.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — About a quarter of Idaho is experiencing some degree of drought, with one pocket in the south-central part of the state in extreme drought.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Rainstorms grew more erratic and droughts much longer across most of the U.S. West over the past half-century as climate change warmed the planet, according to a sweeping government study released Tuesday that concludes the situation is worsening.
BOISE — A restaurateur in downtown Boise has been “farming” worms for 16 years as a way to reduce food waste.
American farmers are using smaller amounts of better targeted pesticides, but these are harming pollinators, aquatic insects and some plants far more than decades ago, a new study finds.
Giant kelp, the world’s largest species of marine algae, is an attractive source for making biofuels. In a recent study, we tested a novel strategy for growing kelp that could make it possible to produce it continuously on a large scale. The key idea is moving kelp stocks daily up to near-su…
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s plan to spend billions for better roads, safer bridges and modernized locks and dams on waterways will aid rural areas and the agriculture sector, but some groups say his broad definition of infrastructure and his proposed tax increases are problematic.
ELLENSBURG, Washington — When it comes to all things rodeo, Daniel Beard has earned his spurs and then some.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a Nevada project that would expand livestock grazing across 400 squares miles (1,036 square kilometers) of some of the highest priority sage-grouse habitat in the West and accused the government of deliberately misleading the public by underestim…
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a contagious disease that kills rabbits has been detected for the first time in Idaho.
The big flood event of 2017, when the Boise River reservoirs filled quickly with mountain snowmelt in that epic winter termed “Snowmageddon,” forced federal water authorities to release more than 7,000 cubic feet per second of water flow down the Boise River for 101 days from April to late J…
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A bill aimed at addressing the worker shortage in agriculture and the uncertainty of the farm labor workforce, which has high rates of undocumented workers, passed the House of Representatives Thursday with bipartisan support.
As the Boise River Greenbelt project started to get more momentum in the 1970s — the project was originally conceived in 1962 by the Boise City Council — more people were paying attention to Flood District 10 maintenance activities on the river, officials said.
Call it a rescue operation.
ELLENSBURG, Washington — Joel Smith rose from his chair where he sat with former Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame presidents Teri Phillip and Mike Allen to greet a couple who entered into his pride and joy on Pearl Street Saturday morning.
(AP) — Benchmark U.S. crude oil for April delivery fell 22 cents to $65.39 a barrel Monday. Brent crude oil for May delivery fell 34 cents to $68.88 a barrel.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy was arrested Monday after failing to attend his trial on charges that he trespassed during an Idaho legislative session last fall. Bundy didn’t appear in the courtroom because he was protesting outside the building instead, apparently …
BOISE — The Idaho House backed an industrial hemp legalization bill by a nearly two-to-one margin on Monday, sending the bill to the Senate and moving Idaho a step closer to ending its distinction as the only state that still prohibits its farmers from growing the non-psychoactive product.
The University of Minnesota Extension-Women in Ag Network, American Agri-Women (AAW), Minnesota Agri-Women District 11, and Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center are collecting data to learn more about women in agriculture’s resiliency to stress.
BOISE — An Idaho House panel approved legislation Monday making it more difficult to get initiatives or referendums on ballots in what is widely seen as a rural versus urban issue.
A Senate panel on Thursday approved legislation that’s the product of Idaho's hundreds of thousands of cows and the 50 million pounds of cow manure they produce daily, the AP reports. The Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee voted 5-3 to send to the full Senate the bill requiring state officials to consider economic ramifications when imposing pollution...
A couple dozen miles down a bumpy dirt road, it’s dry and dusty in this remote corner of Box Elder County, even in February.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year, and four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging, drought and other causes, making 2020 a bad year for the butterflies.
DENVER — Some wildlife advocates are urging Colorado officials to streamline planning for reintroducing the gray wolf, arguing the launch of an overly bureaucratic process will frustrate the intent of voters who approved reintroduction by the end of 2023.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rita Fentress was worried she might get lost as she traveled down the unfamiliar forested, one-lane road in rural Tennessee in search of a coronavirus vaccine. Then the trees cleared and the Hickman County Agricultural Pavilion appeared.
PORTLAND, Ore. — A senior adviser in the U.S. Department of Interior on Friday rescinded a January Trump administration decision to grant grazing allotments to an Oregon ranching family whose members were convicted of arson in a court battle that triggered the takeover of a federal wildlife …
BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Senate on Monday approved legislation to make it more difficult to get initiatives or referendums on ballots in a measure with urban vs. rural overtones.
HELENA, Mont. — Hunters and trappers who kill wolves in Montana could be reimbursed for their expenses by private groups under a proposal advanced by state lawmakers Monday that critics said is akin to the bounties that nearly exterminated the predators last century.
SPOKANE, Wash. — Laura Muñoz video-called Eduardo, her husband, every day while he was thousands of miles away in Washington state harvesting apples.
LOGAN, Utah — Cache County Council’s decision whether to allow wineries has been delayed once again with growing concerns of cultural shift, but little evidence has been found of negative consequences in other counties.
Deep into this pandemic winter, it can be hard to remember what a refuge gardens were last spring and summer.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation aimed at making it more difficult to get initiatives or referendums on Idaho ballots headed to the full Senate on Friday.
MOSCOW — A $2 million gift to University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences will be a big benefit to the state’s farming and ranching community, UI officials say.
BLACKFOOT — More potatoes are produced in Bingham County than any other county in Idaho and the United States and when it comes to spuds, Bingham is the center of the potato universe.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — On a Friday afternoon last October, game warden Brian DeBolt and federal special agent Steve Stoinski drove to the Solitude Subdivision in response to a report of a resident feeding grizzly bears.
Flakes and shavings from a cow’s hoof fly through the air and ping off Max Boden’s protective glasses while he gives a bovine pedicure.
BOISE (AP) — A panel of lawmakers introduced legislation Friday to make it more difficult to get initiatives or referendums on Idaho ballots.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Bison have largely stayed in Yellowstone National Park and avoided being captured by park officials or killed by hunters this winter, officials said.
When friends ask Bill and Holly Seefried how their calving season is going, they grin and say it’s not.
KILGORE — For 100 years, rancher Nick Hillman’s family has run cattle in the Centennial Mountains as miners came, looked and left.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday overturned a Trump administration action that allowed mining and other development on 10 million acres (4 million hectares) in parts of six western states that are considered important for the survival of a struggling bird species.
Washington, D.C. – “Last week, I released for discussion a concept that could end the Northwest salmon wars. It would lock in a more certain future for agriculture, energy, transportation and communities and also give Idaho’s wild salmon and steelhead their best chance for survival.
Congressman Mike Simpson has just taken the most meaningful step in the decades-long effort to recover Snake River salmon and steelhead.
Agribusiness executives and government policymakers often praise the U.S. food system for producing abundant and affordable food. In fact, however, food costs are rising, and shoppers in many parts of the U.S. have limited access to fresh, healthy products.
The damage caused by wildfires can be devastating, gutting structures and driving out people who live and work nearby. And researchers say the smoke from the annually recurring blazes also delivers economic damage to areas that were never touched by the flames.
BOISE — An Idaho House committee on Monday voted to introduce a new, very restrictive bill to legalize medical marijuana in Idaho, with just one “no” vote.
Call it a deadly case of “distracted flying.”
PARMA — With a $175,000 gift from Northwest Farm Credit Services, the University of Idaho Parma Research and Extension Center is a step closer to funding its much needed upgrade.
The chairman of the Southeastern Idaho Health District Board of Directors, who was also a farmer and rancher and a former Power County Commissioner, died on Jan. 29 from sepsis caused by an infection.
Kayla Browning, Nampa, is a new junior member of the American Angus Association, reports Mark McCully, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Missouri.
Westernsprings Ministry celebrates its humble and rustic origins, founded in a private horse arena in 2005.
BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — After Gil Alexander’s death left no active Black farmers in a historic Kansas community once home to hundreds, Alexander’s nephew and his wife gave up their jobs in Arizona to try and save the family farm.