Agriculture

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By Janna Graham It was announced in January that Congress repealed a labeling law requiring retailers to display animals’ countries of origin on packages of red meat, a law originally enacted in response to fears that bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) might be lurking in imported beef.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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Idaho’s water outlook is reasonable so far

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
Top: James Walker, left, and Larry Jones fish at the end of the ice Monday near the American Falls boat docks below the dam on the Snake River. Current estimates show the water outlook so far in Idaho is reasonable. (Photo by Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal)

By Vanessa Grieve/Idaho State Journal Fall and winter precipitation has put Idaho snowpack and water storage in a reasonable position early in the new year. The Natural Resources Conservation Service for Idaho released its Idaho Water Supply Outlook Report last week. It shows that the southwest part of the state already has more than average
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Report: 2015 was a tough year for Idaho agriculture

Jan 8th, 2016 | By
A farmer near the Pocatello Regional Airport. (Photo by Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal)

By Idaho State Journal Staff Idaho’s farmers and ranchers may rank second in the West for net farm income. Unfortunately, their bottom lines in 2015 dropped by almost a third because of falling prices for many of the state’s agricultural products. The recently released report called “The Financial Condition of Idaho Agriculture: 2015” noted that
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EPA says pesticide harms bees in some cases

Jan 6th, 2016 | By
FILE - In this July 16, 2014, file photo, a bee works on a honeycomb the Gene Brandi Apiary in Los Banos, Calif.  The Environmental Protection Agency has found that a major pesticide harms honeybees when used on cotton and citrus but not on other big crops like corn, berries and tobacco.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

By Seth Borenstein AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A major pesticide harms honeybees when used on cotton and citrus but not on other big crops like corn, berries and tobacco, the Environmental Protection Agency found. It’s the first scientific risk assessment of the much-debated class of pesticides called neonicotinoids and how they affect bees
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Intermountain Grain and Livestock Report for Jan. 5

Jan 6th, 2016 | By

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Farm Bureau Intermountain Grain and Livestock Report Tuesday, Jan. 5. Bids are subject to change. BLACKFOOT __ soft white wheat 4.55, unchanged; 11.5 percent hard red winter 4.10, unchanged; 14 percent DNS 4.75, unchanged; hard white 4.55, unchanged; BURLEY __ white wheat 4.71, up 3; hard red winter 3.85, up 7;
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End of meat? Startups seek meat alternatives for the masses

Dec 30th, 2015 | By
The Associated Press
In this Feb. 4, 2015 photo Hampton Creek Foods pastry chef Ben Roche preparing french toast made with Just Scramble at their office in San Francisco. Hampton Creek’s mission is to replace the eggs in products without anyone noticing. In trying to appeal to the mainstream, co-founder and CEO Josh Tetrick has a simple rule. “Number one, never use the word ‘vegan,’” he said. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

By CANDICE CHOI AP Food Industry Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Patrick Brown is on an improbable mission: Make a burger Americans love, minus the meat. Veggie patties have been around for decades, but Brown and others want to make foods without animal products that look, cook and taste like the real thing — and
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Precipitation is big wild card for Idaho’s farmers

Dec 29th, 2015 | By

Southern Idaho’s irrigated agriculture is already feeling the rise in global temperatures. “We’ve already been affected,” said Shirrel Silvester, a longtime farmer south of Twin Falls whose profitability has been hurt by weather extremes and instability. “What you see outside your backyard is not the climate,” said Hans Peter Marshall, a geoscientist at Boise State
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Fertilizer distribution and retail center planned at former FMC site

Dec 16th, 2015 | By

By Kendra Evensen Construction on a fertilizer distribution and retail center at the former FMC location west of Pocatello could begin early next year, marking the first redevelopment effort at the Superfund cleanup site. After striking an agreement with the Power County Development Authority (PCDA) and FMC Corporation, Valley Agronomics LLC is making plans for
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