Agriculture

Ketchum: Buy local produce, get YMCA day pass

Jul 27th, 2016 | By
Rich and Elissa Novy examine an Icelandic Poppy plant from Green Thumb Nursery at last year’s season opening of the Portneuf Valley Farmers Market behind the Old Town Pavillion on North Main Street in Pocatello. The Farmers Market will open this Saturday.

Associated Press KETCHUM — A new partnership between Local Food Alliance, Wood River Community YMCA and Wood River Farmers Market is providing an incentive for community members to purchase fresh, locally-grown food. Now through Oct. 13, shoppers who purchase $15 or more at Wood River Farmers Market in Ketchum or Hailey will receive a free
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Enviro group: Hilex Poly isn’t reporting chemical data to feds

Jul 26th, 2016 | By

Associated Press JEROME — The Idaho Conservation League has sent Novolex notices of the environmental group’s intent to sue in 60 days if the company doesn’t comply with federal requirements to report information on toxic chemicals it uses to a publicly accessible federal database. Novolex has packaging manufacturing subsidiaries across the country, including Hilex Poly,
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Labor Visa Backlogs Threaten 2016 Crops, Farm Bureau Calls for Action

Jun 2nd, 2016 | By
A farmer near the Pocatello Regional Airport. (Photo by Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal)

AFBF Press Release WASHINGTON, D.C., – Agency delays in processing visas for workers who tend and harvest America’s food crops are fast approaching crisis proportions, all but guaranteeing that crops will rot in the field on many farms this year, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said in April. Communications with state Farm Bureaus
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A look inside Western States Cat’s new Pocatello facility

May 27th, 2016 | By
Western States CAT1

By Sarah Glenn For the Journal POCATELLO – From the Interstate-15 freeway, Western States CAT’s towering service bay doors are now one of the first things drivers see as they gaze off to the east coming north into Pocatello. Sitting on 27 acres and costing upwards of $21 million, the sales, servicing and regional training facility
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Farm Bureau: TPP will boost Idaho’s farm exports, income

Apr 13th, 2016 | By
Farming

By The American Farm Bureau Federation WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trans-Pacific Partnership will tear down trade barriers and help level the playing field for U.S. agricultural exports to 11 nations across the Pacific Rim. Ratifying TPP will boost annual net farm income in the United States by $4.4 billion, compared to not approving the pact,
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Vintners say Idaho wine grape quantity down, quality up

Feb 8th, 2016 | By

CALDWELL (AP) — Weather in 2015 made for a smaller wine grape harvest in Idaho, which officials say could affect production of some favored wine varieties. Total wine grape tonnage in Idaho was down by almost 50 percent in 2015, according to The Capital Press of Salem, Oregon. According to the Idaho Wine Commission, the
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Direct Seed Workshop set for Idaho Falls

Feb 2nd, 2016 | By

By Journal Staff The Idaho Wheat Commission is hosting the Southern Idaho Direct Seed Workshop Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Shiloh Inn Conference Center in Idaho Falls, 780 Lindsay Blvd. The workshop will include up-to-date information on variety and fertility considerations, equipment information and grower experiences in local direct
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The case for grass-fed

Jan 28th, 2016 | By
Janna Graham

By Janna Graham It was announced in January that Congress repealed a labeling law requiring retailers to display animals’ countries of origin on packages of red meat, a law originally enacted in response to fears that bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) might be lurking in imported beef.  In a separate decision, the USDA recently
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Idaho Organization of Resource Councils Applauds New State Cottage Food Rules

Jan 28th, 2016 | By

Idaho Organization of Resource Councils press release New rules passed by the state legislature release home-based producers from over-regulation and provide consistent policies across health districts   On Wednesday, Jan. 27, the Idaho Senate Health and Welfare committee unanimously passed administrative rules updating the Idaho Food Code, including new provisions for a growing cottage food
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Idaho officials seek funding for pesticide cleanup

Jan 26th, 2016 | By

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s top agriculture official said Monday that $250,000 being sought to dispose of 2,000 tons of contaminated hay is just the beginning of an ongoing pesticide cleanup in eastern Idaho. Department of Agriculture Director Celia Gould made the request in front of the Joint Finance Appropriations panel. She said the agency
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