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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Workshop aims to meet growing demand for organic food

Dec 14th, 2015 | By
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By Vanessa Grieve/Idaho State Journal Organic food production is in high demand nationwide. Strong growth has meant that if U.S. farmers can’t supply necessary organic products, then food companies will look to other countries to meet the demand, according to Jennifer Miller, director of the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides Healthy Food & Farms
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Simplot agrees to pay fine, improve pollution controls

Dec 3rd, 2015 | By

An agreement to make modifications at five sulfuric acid plants, including the Don Plant in Pocatello, and pay a civil penalty of $899,000 has resolved a Clean Air Act violations issue between the J.R. Simplot Co., U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency. According to a news release from the Region 10 EPA
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Amish family from Pennsylvania moves to Idaho to open Country Store

Dec 1st, 2015 | By
Cydney McFarland/Idaho State Jourmal
Hannah Miller restocks cheese at her family’s store, the Country Market, in Baker, which is near Salmon. Find photos from this story at

By Cydney McFarland BAKER — The new Country Market in Baker has become a bit of a tourist attraction thanks to a Nov. 10 report by KIDK 3 out of Idaho Falls. The market is owned and operated by the Millers, an Amish family who recently moved from Pennsylvania to Baker — 8 miles
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ConAgra move won’t impact Lamb Weston

Nov 24th, 2015 | By

 By Journal Staff AMERICAN FALLS — ConAgra, which purchased Lamb Weston in 1988, is spinning off that part of its operation by the fall of 2016. Lamb Weston officials say the move should not impact the American Falls potato processing plant. ConAgra announced this week that it plans to divest itself of the frozen-potato products
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