Agriculture

Rain delays Idaho potato, wheat planting

Apr 28th, 2017 | By
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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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Mexican Imports to Idaho

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Bird flu found at Tyson Foods chicken supplier

Mar 6th, 2017 | By
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NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of thousands of chickens have been destroyed at a Tennessee chicken farm due to a bird flu outbreak and 30 other farms within a six-mile radius have been quarantined. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said 73,500 chickens were destroyed at the facility and will not enter the food system. The
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US approves 3 types of genetically engineered potatoes

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By
This undated handout photo provided by Simplot Corporation shows modified potatoes. Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods as safe, saying they are as nutritious as their conventional counterparts. The approval covers six varieties of potatoes by Boise, Idaho-based J. R. Simplot Co. and two varieties of apples from the Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (AP Photo/Simplot Corporation)

By Keith Ridler/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three types of potatoes genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, federal officials announced. The approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration late last week gives Idaho-based J.R.
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Idaho dairy eyed after residents discover tainted water

Feb 27th, 2017 | By
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SHOSHONE, Idaho (AP) — State officials are investigating claims that a south-central Idaho dairy pumped manure into a canal, and tests are being conducted on water coming from faucets in nearby homes where residents are complaining the water is discolored and has a bad odor. 4 Bros. Dairy intentionally pumped material from the 10,000-cow dairy
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Idaho dairy owners bringing immigrant labor plight to GOP lawmakers

Feb 14th, 2017 | By
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By Zach Kyle/Idaho Statesman Hans Nederend, the third-generation owner of Nederend Dairy near Marsing, mostly employs Latino immigrants for a simple reason: Idaho-born workers don’t want the jobs. Idaho’s worker pool evaporated as the state’s unemployment rate fell to a meager 3.7 percent, causing worker shortages in agriculture as well as hospitality, construction and food
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USDA announces stricter animal welfare rules for eggs, meat

Jan 18th, 2017 | By
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By Mary Clare Jalonick/Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Organic meat and egg producers will have to abide by stricter animal welfare standards under a new rule announced Wednesday by the Agriculture Department. The rule is a victory for animal rights groups two days before President Barack Obama leaves office. The regulations will ensure that organically
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