Agriculture

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.
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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.
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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
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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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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
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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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