Monday, June 30, 2014

Idaho Wine Month pushes sales - AgMinute June 27, 2014

Idaho wine sales increased 32 percent during Idaho Wine Month last June and industry leaders expect to see another big gain this year. Click here for the full story

Gov. Otter blasts USDA on WIC spud ban - AgMinute for June 30, 2014

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter takes USDA to task for ignoring an advisory vote by lawmakers supporting potatoes in the federal Women, Infants and Children nutrition program. Click here for the full story

University of Idaho adding molecular wheat geneticist - AgMinute for June 26, 2014

The University of Idaho is adding a wheat molecular geneticist with financial support from the Idaho Wheat Commission. The university and commission have also renewed their three-year agreement to support wheat research. Click here for the full story

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Despite ag output growth, farm jobs not increasing - AgMinute for June 25, 2014

Total farming jobs in Idaho have barely budged in two decades while the number of total state jobs has increased significantly. But economists say that's a good thing and shows the industry has become more efficient. Click here for the full story

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Gowan Eptam 20G may resume production - AgMinute for June 24, 2014

Gowan Co. officials have told Idaho Bean Commission members the company will resume producing Eptam 20G if industry can prove there is sufficient demand for the product, which controls the nightshade weed. Gowan needs an answer by early July. Click here for the full story

U.S. presses Europe on farm trade issues - AgMinute for June 23, 2014

The U.S. wants European authorities to allow genetically modified crops and food processing techniques, including the use of chlorinated rinses to process poultry carcasses. Click here for the full story

Friday, June 20, 2014

All your hay - AgMinute for June 20, 2014

Many Western hay growers are off to a good start this season and getting top prices as California’s lingering drought eats into that state’s hay crop and exporters seek supplies for overseas customers.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hong Kong ready for beef - AgMinute for June 19, 2014

Hong Kong’s decision to fully reopen its market to U.S. beef shows the industry’s safeguards against disease are working to build international demand, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says. See more at

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Supreme Court upholds H-2A ruling - AgMinute for June 17, 2014

The nation's highest court has let stand a ruling that requires farmers who hire guest workers under the H-2A program to repay travel expenses within a week, rather than halfway through the employment contract. Click here for the full story

Monday, June 16, 2014

Onion virus appears early this year - AgMinute for June 16, 2014

Symptoms of iris yellow spot virus in onions have appeared earlier than normal in the Treasure Valley area this year and growers are being encouraged to be extra-vigilant in their thrips management programs. Click here for the full story

NASS: Winter wheat production down this year - AgMinute for June 13, 2014

Winter wheat production will be down in the Pacific Northwest and across the country, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. Click here for the full story

Growers alerted about possible glyphosate-resistant weeds - AgMinute for June 12, 2014

Idaho and Oregon farmers have been alerted about a possible case of glyphosate-resistant kochia weeds in at least two Roundup Ready sugar beet fields in the Treasure Valley area. Click here for the full story

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

More agricultural groups endorse GMO wheat - AgMinute for June 11, 2014

Sixteen agricultural organizations in the U.S., Canada and Australia have pledged their support of biotechnology to improve wheat varieties. Click here for the full story

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Agricultural lender optimism wanes slightly, survey finds - AgMinute for June 6, 2014

A semi-annual survey of ag lenders shows less optimism than last fall due to an expected increase in ag loan interests rates. But the survey also showed an expected increase in loan volume and available money. Click here for the full story

Idaho fights proposed plant listing - AgMinute for June 10, 2014

The state of Idaho is again fighting a proposal to list a native Idaho desert plant as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The state has developed a conservation plan for the plant and doesn't believe a listing is warranted. Click here for the full story

Psyllids arrive early in PNW - AgMinute for June 9, 2014

Potato psyllids, which can spread zebra chip disease in potato fields, have arrived in the Pacific Northwest early this season, experts say. Click here for the full story

Monday, June 09, 2014

Dairy groups demand better access to Japan, Canada - AgMinute for June 5, 2014

U.S. Dairy Export Council and National Milk Producers Federation are urging negotiators to hold Japan and Canada to their pledges of comprehensive market access in the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Click here for the full story

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Specialty crop grant deadline extended - AgMinute for June 4, 2014

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is accepting more applications for its 2014 specialty crop block grant program. The department received twice as much money from the USDA this year for the program and will accept additional applications through June 20. Click here for the full story

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

GMO spud comment period commences - AgMinute for June 3, 2014

The second and final public comment period has commenced for J.R. Simplot's Innate line of genetically modified potatoes. Click here for the full story

Monday, June 02, 2014

Stripe rust makes early appearance in southern Idaho - AgMinute for June 2, 2014

Stripe rust was detected May 29 in a soft white winter wheat field near Hazelton in southcentral Idaho. University of Idaho officials said the plant disease showed up much earlier than expected this year in southern Idaho. Click here for the full story

Canada, U.S. relax PCN testing of potato seed - AgMinute for May 30, 2014

Canada and the U.S. have relaxed potato cyst nematode testing requirements for seed potatoes traded between the two countries. Click here for the full story

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