Idaho dairy eyed after residents discover tainted water

Feb 27th, 2017 | By

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

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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A Values-Based Approach to Food

Jan 10th, 2017 | By
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By Janna Graham Contributor As one year comes to an end and another begins, sources in business, fashion, science, and pop culture offer their food trend predictions for the upcoming year.  So what’s in store for 2017?  Most trend watchers agree that we’ll continue our quest for gluten-free, high-protein foods, while expanding our interest in
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Statewide Funding Available for Livestock Education Programs

Nov 30th, 2016 | 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 The Idaho Cattle Foundation BOISE – The Idaho Cattle Foundation (ICF) is requesting 2017 funding applications for public and/or higher education programs that advance the state’s livestock industry to be received by February 10, 2017. Through an application process available at, the ICF will recommend funding to the Idaho State Board of Education
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California targets dairy cows to combat global warming

Nov 29th, 2016 | By

By TERENCE CHEA,  Associated Press GALT, Calif. (AP) — California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. The nation’s leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock. Despite strong opposition from farmers, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September that for the first time regulates
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Simplot Processing Plant Recognized for Sustainability Practices

Oct 12th, 2016 | By

Journal Staff CALDWELL – Simplot’s potato processing plant in Caldwell, Idaho recently earned a pair of accolades that reflect the Company’s deep commitment to sustainability and innovation. The Idaho Plant was recognized as the 2016 Industrial Project of the Year at the 31st Annual WateReuse Symposium held in Tampa, Florida Sept. 11-14. On the heels
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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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