Agriculture

Northwest producers face higher yields, lower returns

Oct 12th, 2016 | By
Farb Guidance Systems of Post Falls has unveiled a guidance system that allows farm equipment to run without an operator. Equipment can be driven completely by a computerized guidance system and monitored through a smartphone from anywhere in the world.
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Press Release  SPOKANE, Wash. – Northwest Farm Credit Services, the Northwest’s leading agricultural lending cooperative, has released its quarterly Market Snapshot publications that look at the state of major agricultural commodities in the Northwest. Their commodities rundown follows.  Beef – Current and projected cattle markets are volatile and trending down. Bearish market forces include increasing
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Potato crop looking good in S.C. Idaho

Oct 3rd, 2016 | By
Potatoes are watered in the Rockford area. Agriculture has been a major factor in boosting the state’s economy.
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal

By MYCHEL MATTHEWS/ The Post Register TWIN FALLS — “A pretty good year” is how potato growers describe 2016’s crop. Mike Telford, who farms north of Paul, says it’s too early to tell how his crop is going to yield, but from what he’s sampled and heard from other growers, he expects to find a
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Idaho Department of Ag gets grant to help improve produce safety

Sep 22nd, 2016 | 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)

Press Release  The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) recently received notification it was selected to receive a five-year grant award offered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is related to implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The grant’s first-year award amounts to $429,650. The grant
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USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese

Aug 29th, 2016 | By
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Cows feed that the University of Idaho's dairy research and teaching center.

USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese for Food Banks and Families in Need, Continue to Assist Dairy Producers Department Also Will Extend Margin Protection Program for Dairy Enrollment Deadline  USDA Press Release WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced plans to purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to assist food
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Northwest fruit producers boost exports to India

Aug 11th, 2016 | By
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Associated Press Reports MEDFORD, Ore. – Northwest tree-fruit growers haven’t been Vladimir Putin fans since the Russian president halted pear and apple imports in August 2014. Being an industrious lot, pear growers didn’t waste time developing Plan B. With cessation of a profitable two-decade relationship, producers have shifted their sights from Russia, the country with
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Important Crop Insurance Deadline Nears in the Pacific Northwest

Aug 9th, 2016 | By
Farb Guidance Systems of Post Falls has unveiled a guidance system that allows farm equipment to run without an operator. Equipment can be driven completely by a computerized guidance system and monitored through a smartphone from anywhere in the world.
Submitted photo

Press Release  SPOKANE, Wash., August 8, 2016 – USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds Pacific Northwest producers to apply for crop insurance coverage for the 2017 crop year before the sales closing dates. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing coverage also have until the sales closing dates to do so. Crop
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Idaho promotion showcases farmers market producers

Aug 9th, 2016 | By
Shirley Kendall, owner of Country Classics Nursery, sells an assortment of her jams, jellies and dried veggies at the Portneuf Valley Farmers Market in Pocatello.
Sarah Glenn/For the Journal

By Sarah Glenn POCATELLO — From beneath the shade of her pop-up canopy at the Portneuf Valley Farmers Market, Shirley Kendall sells an assortment of her specialty jams, dried veggie chips and potted plants. Seasoned zucchini chip samples spill out of a plastic bag, ready to be snapped up by wandering locals, while nearby a
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Immigration and agriculture intersect in Idaho

Jul 29th, 2016 | By

Farmers from 25 different states, including Idaho, have lodged complaints that they can’t find enough workers to pick crops By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal The old trope of the immigrant farm worker is nothing new. However as the United States economy improves their role is becoming ever more crucial to the success of agriculture. This
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Hay surpasses potatoes as Idaho’s top crop. Here’s why

Jul 29th, 2016 | By
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal
A potato crop near American Falls is irrigated.

Source: The Idaho Statesman The green fields springing out of the arid Bruneau Valley wouldn’t grow without irrigation. The area receives just 7 inches of precipitation a year, about half of Boise’s. But hay is best made when the sun shines. Rain is hay’s enemy. Bone-dry conditions are ideal for Billy and Jim Wolfe, who
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Washington scientist launches effort to digitize all fish

Jul 27th, 2016 | By
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By Phuong Le/ Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — University of Washington biology professor Adam Summers no longer has to coax hospital staff to use their CT scanners so he can visualize the inner structures of stingray and other fish. Last fall, he installed a small computed tomography, or CT, scanner at the UW’s Friday Harbor
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