Agriculture

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 idahostatejournal.com.

By Cydney McFarland cmcfarland@journalnet.com 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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Predicted food trends for 2016

Nov 20th, 2015 | By

By Janna Graham Restaurants, supermarkets and food producers are buzzing about the upcoming food trends to expect in 2016. The National Restaurant Association, restaurant consultants Baum + Whiteman and the trade publication Supermarket News have all recently released their annual predictions for the upcoming year. The good news: An emphasis on locally sourced eating —
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Massive nationwide ground beef recall announced due to possible E. coli contamination

Nov 2nd, 2015 | By
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All American Meets Inc. of Omaha, Neb., announced Sunday that it was recalling nearly 170,000 pounds of its ground beef because of possible E. coli contamination.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service press release U.S. Department of Agriculture reports: This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death. WASHINGTON — All American Meats, Inc., an Omaha, Neb. establishment, is recalling approximately
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New tech can run tractors without operators

Oct 28th, 2015 | 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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By Cydney McFarland cmcfarland@journalnet.com BOISE — At the Idaho Technology Council’s inaugural Capitol Connect Conference in Boise on Thursday, Farb Guidance Systems unveiled a technology that allows farm equipment to perform actions without an operator. “It’s tractors specifically,” said John Bruce, vice president of Farb. “The guidance system interfaces with the machine to allow it
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Revitalization: Customers flock to new Westwood store

Oct 19th, 2015 | By
MICHAEL O’DONNELL/IDAHO STATE JOURNAL

   Members of the Bannock County 4-H and Highland High School FFA set up fundraising booths at the grand opening of the Tractor Supply Co. store in the Westwood Mall Saturday in Pocatello.

By MICHAEL H. O’DONNELL modonnell@journalnet.com POCATELLO — New life was breathed into the Westwood Mall this weekend as the grand opening took place for Tractor Supply Co. inside the space vacated by C-A-L Ranch Store last year. “It’s been terrific,” said Tractor Supply Co. store manager Kevin Gregory. “We’ve been very, very busy.” The new
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ISDA advises poultry owners to safeguard poultry flocks from avian influenza

Oct 16th, 2015 | By
A California Department of Food and Agriculture technician performs tests on chickens for the Avian Influenza viruses in poultry.
Damian Dovarganes/AP

Idaho State Department of Agriculture press release The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is reminding poultry owners to practice enhanced biosecurity to prevent the introduction of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) into their flock this fall. Migratory wild waterfowl will soon be starting their fall migration south over Idaho and other states within the Pacific
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Among Idaho’s oldest dairies

Sep 29th, 2015 | By
Citizen photo by RODNEY D. BOAM
Cleve Bodily leans on a fence at the family dairy in Fairview. Bodily still puts in a full day’s work at the farm.

By RODNEY D. BOAM Preston Citizen The Bodily Dairy at 602 W. 3200 S. in Fairview, Idaho, may well be among the oldest dairies in Idaho. Edwin and Matilda began milking cows in 1875. Now Tracy and Darren Bodily are still milking on the family dairy in its original place. Edwin passed down the family
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