Agriculture

Feds to give states more flexibility in protecting wild bird

Aug 7th, 2017 | By
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By Matthew Daly /Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department on Monday unveiled a plan to protect the threatened sage grouse that gives Western states greater flexibility to allow mining, logging and other economic development where it now is prohibited. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the strategy for the ground-dwelling bird that has suffered
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Canada OKs Idaho company’s genetically engineered potatoes

Aug 7th, 2017 | By
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   Genetically engineered potatoes grow in rows inside a J.R. Simplot greenhouse in southwestern Idaho. Simplot is seeking U.S. regulatory approval to market the Innate potatoes, which are engineered to produce lower levels of a potentially cancer-causing acrylamide when fried. Inset into the photo is a Biology Fortified Inc. image that compares an Innate potato with a regular one 10 hours after slicing.

By Keith Ridler /Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Idaho company to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, Canadian officials said Thursday. The approval by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency means the
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Idaho dairy group opposes immigration detention contract

Aug 7th, 2017 | By
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Cows feed that the University of Idaho's dairy research and teaching center.

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho dairy group has sent a letter to Jerome County commissioners in opposition to a pending contract that would lease out space in the county’s new jail to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Idaho Dairymen Association Executive Director Bob Naerebout told the Capital Press (http://bit.ly/2vwTbhy) that many dairymen are
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Idaho Wheat Growers Welcome Vietnam Wheat Buying Team to Lewiston

Aug 2nd, 2017 | By
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Press Release BOISE – Idaho wheat growers and industry representatives will host a team comprised of high level executives of the major wheat purchasing and flour producing operations of Wilmar International and its operations in Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia. The Vietnam team will be traveling to Lewiston, Idaho August 12-14, 2017. While in Lewiston, the
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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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