A Values-Based Approach to Food

Jan 10th, 2017 | By
Janna Graham

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.
Submitted photo

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
University of Idaho photo

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

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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