Agriculture

Cattle grazing suspended on 2 parts of central Idaho

Jul 18th, 2017 | By
In this Nov. 11, 2004 file photo, livestock stand in a feedlot outside Caldwell, Idaho. More than 150 cattle valued at about $350,000 have been reported missing in southeastern Idaho, and authorities suspect modern-day cattle rustling as beef prices have soared. Three ranchers say roundup searches in recent weeks in the hills and gulches on the remote summer range where the cattle graze have come up empty in Bingham and Bonneville counties. The losses include a herd of 50 Black Angus consisting of 25 cows and 25 calves valued at $150,000. Another herd of 41 cow-calf pairs, meaning 82 animals total, plus 10 cow-calf pairs, or 20 animals, all valued at about $200,000, from another rancher are also reported missing. 
(AP Photo/Troy Maben, File)

By Keith Ridler/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An environmental group has settled a lawsuit against the U.S Forest Service with an agreement that suspends cattle grazing in a central Idaho area that includes part of the White Clouds Wilderness and has salmon-spawning habitat. The agreement between Hailey, Idaho-based Western Watersheds Project and the Forest
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Idaho deputy AG: Wheat commission proposal on solid ground

Jun 19th, 2017 | By
A combine sits in a field off Highway 91 waiting for the rain to stop so harvest can resume. Untimely rains this summer have delayed harvest, and in some cases damaged wheat, hay and barley crops in Eastern Idaho.
   DOUG LINDLEY/ IDAHO STATE JOURNAL

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State Deputy Attorney General Kay Christensen told Idaho Wheat Commission members their plan to ensure the IWC has the names and contact information of all the wheat growers in the state is on solid legal ground. The Capital Press reported (http://bit.ly/2sxGl0w ) Monday the message comes as the commission prepares to
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Idaho Cattle Producers Meet with Trump Administration

Jun 5th, 2017 | By
In this Nov. 11, 2004 file photo, livestock stand in a feedlot outside Caldwell, Idaho. More than 150 cattle valued at about $350,000 have been reported missing in southeastern Idaho, and authorities suspect modern-day cattle rustling as beef prices have soared. Three ranchers say roundup searches in recent weeks in the hills and gulches on the remote summer range where the cattle graze have come up empty in Bingham and Bonneville counties. The losses include a herd of 50 Black Angus consisting of 25 cows and 25 calves valued at $150,000. Another herd of 41 cow-calf pairs, meaning 82 animals total, plus 10 cow-calf pairs, or 20 animals, all valued at about $200,000, from another rancher are also reported missing. 
(AP Photo/Troy Maben, File)

Press Release Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) staff and leadership welcomed Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to Boise Friday. In a series of meetings ICA representatives, members, and cattle producers were able to have candid dialogue with President Donald Trump’s cabinet members about issues
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Heavy snow and cold means diseases for wheat growers

May 31st, 2017 | By
A combine sits in a field off Highway 91 waiting for the rain to stop so harvest can resume. Untimely rains this summer have delayed harvest, and in some cases damaged wheat, hay and barley crops in Eastern Idaho.
   DOUG LINDLEY/ IDAHO STATE JOURNAL

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wheat farmers, like their counterparts in Washington and Idaho, are using additional fungicide treatments to stave off stripe rust this year. Capital Press reports (https://is.gd/SZ7OUA ) that a heavier than normal snowfall and extended periods of cold and rain resulted in conditions ideal for diseases. Christina Hagerty, with Oregon State
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China and US reach agreement on beef, poultry, natural gas

May 12th, 2017 | By
In this Nov. 11, 2004 file photo, livestock stand in a feedlot outside Caldwell, Idaho. More than 150 cattle valued at about $350,000 have been reported missing in southeastern Idaho, and authorities suspect modern-day cattle rustling as beef prices have soared. Three ranchers say roundup searches in recent weeks in the hills and gulches on the remote summer range where the cattle graze have come up empty in Bingham and Bonneville counties. The losses include a herd of 50 Black Angus consisting of 25 cows and 25 calves valued at $150,000. Another herd of 41 cow-calf pairs, meaning 82 animals total, plus 10 cow-calf pairs, or 20 animals, all valued at about $200,000, from another rancher are also reported missing. 
(AP Photo/Troy Maben, File)

By Martin Crutsinger and Jill Colvin /  Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Beijing will open its borders to U.S. beef, while cooked Chinese poultry is closer to landing on American supermarket shelves under a U.S.-China trade agreement. Trump administration officials hailed the deal as a significant advance toward boosting U.S. exports and closing America’s trade
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Orchard owners look to robots as labor shortage worsens

Apr 28th, 2017 | By
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By Nicholas K. Geranios /Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Harvesting Washington state’s vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States. That system eventually could change dramatically as at least two companies are rushing to get robotic fruit-picking machines to market. The robotic pickers
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Rain delays Idaho potato, wheat planting

Apr 28th, 2017 | By
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal
A potato crop near American Falls is irrigated.

AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Eastern Idaho farmers are hoping for a hot and dry spell after cold rain delayed much of their spring planting schedules. The Capital Press reported (http://bit.ly/2qaJqiq ) Monday that farmers usually have all of their wheat planted and potatoes underway by this time of the year. But with frequent storms,
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Idaho/Canadian lumber trade in focus

Apr 26th, 2017 | By
Tom Edwards poses for a portrait with his chain saw and logging clothes, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 in the woods near Spanaway, Wash. Edwards was not cutting trees the day the photo was taken, and work has been slow this season for him. Despite working as a logger all his life, he is pessimistic about his chances of ever retiring, an opinion common among blue-collar baby boomers in the U.S. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

By Journal Staff and AP Reports A mere 850 meters  separates Idaho towns from Canadian ones. When it comes to trade, the state and the country are even closer. Canada is Idaho’s no. 1 customer. Total Canada–Idaho goods trade is $1.9 billion in 2016. Before sunrise Tuesday in Washington, President Donald Trump went on Twitter
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Low Interest Emergency Physical Loss Loans Available for 16 Idaho Counties with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

Apr 24th, 2017 | By

Press Release BOISE – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Chris Beyerhelm today announced that physical loss loans are available for 16 counties in Idaho. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by blizzard, excessive snow, excessive rain, freeze, flooding, flash flooding and high winds that occurred on
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Federal efforts to eradicate Idaho potato pest succeeding

Apr 20th, 2017 | By
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal
A potato crop near American Falls is irrigated.

By Keith Ridler/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Progress is being made eradicating a microscopic pest that has been threatening Idaho’s $900 million potato industry the last decade, federal officials say. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said viable potato cyst nematodes can no longer be detected in three additional fields. The agency on Friday released
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