Hemp License Applications Now Open In Idaho

This was the first week growers in Idaho could apply for a license to grow hemp. The Gem State recently had its Hemp Plan approved by the USDA. While Idaho may have been one of the last states to come up with a Hemp Plan, Chanel Tewalt with the Idaho state Department of Agriculture said […]

ISDA Announces Approval Of State’s Hemp Plan

Hemp production will soon be a reality in Idaho. On Monday, the Idaho state Department of Agriculture announced that the USDA has approved the state’s Hemp Plan. Under this plan, ISDA will begin licensing hemp producers and handlers under Idaho Code and the 2018 Farm Bill. The ISDA will open online hemp license applications on […]

PNW Awarded $8.75M in Specialty Crop Block Grant Funding

USDA announced Thursday it is investing $169.9 million through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The goal of the program is to support farmers growing specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and nursery crops. Of the nearly $170 million distributed nationally, the Pacific Northwest was awarded roughly $8.75 million. The Idaho state Department of Agriculture […]

Idaho Preferred Focuses On Educating Consumers “What’s Grown In Their Backyard”

While Idaho Preferred month wrapped up in September, the effort to educate consumers about all the Gem state has to offer continues year round. And according to Anne Struthers with the Idaho state Department of Agriculture, consumers are hungry for that education. She noted that during the pandemic, consumers learned about the many individuals working […]

Idaho Preferred Is Asking For Your Recipes

Do you have a family recipe that uses some of the great commodities grown in Idaho? If so, Idaho Preferred would like to hear from you. The organization is taking submissions in their first ever digital recipe contest, now through the end of the month. Erica White said the timing of the contest not only […]

ISDA Announces Second Round Of Specialty Block Grant Funding

The Specialty crop industry in Idaho will have a little more grant money to use this year. The Idaho state Department of Agriculture announced earlier this month that it will accept applications for an additional $2.8 million in grant money available through the specialty crop block grant program. Those applications will be accepted starting in […]

Horse Owners Reminded To Vaccinate Against West Nile

Horse owners across the Pacific Northwest are reminded the importance of vaccinating their animal against the West Nile Virus. Cases of mosquitos and horses with the virus have been reported this month in Central Washington as well as southern Idaho. Idaho state veterinarian Dr. Scott Leibsle said it’s important to remember that a horse is […]

Little Proclaims The 20s As The Decade Of Agriculture In Idaho

Earlier this week, Idaho Governor Brad Little proclaimed this the Decade of Agriculture in the Gem state. Tuesday’s proclamation is part of an effort spearheaded by U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action, calling upon leaders across the food and agriculture sector to endorse a shared vision of a resilient, restorative, economically viable, and climate-smart agricultural […]

Farmers Asked To Watch For Pests During Hot Weather

With the hot weather the Northwest has seen for weeks, several pests are thriving and multiplying in and around water sources. The Idaho state Department of Agriculture’s Lloyd Knight said it’s important that farmers watch for any unique plant or insect life to make sure a bigger problem is not on the horizon. He noted […]

Traceability A Priority For New Idaho State Vet

The new Idaho state Veterinarian is not a new name to the farming community in the Gem State. Dr. Scott Leibsle started with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture in 2011, and was promoted to the top vet spot on January 1st of this year. A 3rd generation large animal vet from the Midwest, Leibsle […]