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 […]

IDWR Looking At Water Curtailments

Junior water rights holders in some areas of Idaho are potentially going to have less access to water after the state’s Department of Water Resources sent curtailment notices out last month. IDWR Deputy Director Mat Weaver says there have been conversations between senior and junior water rights holders about coming to an agreement for several years. “They’ve […]

NW Winter Wheat Production Forecast Down 10% From May

According to NASS, the expected winter wheat crops is slightly smaller than predicted just a month ago. As of June 1st, Idaho’s winter wheat production is forecast at 59.2 million bushels, down 11% from last year. Harvested area, at 680,000 acres, is up 20,000 acres from 2020. Yield is expected to average 87.0 bushels per […]

Hop Acreage Continues To Increase Across The Northwest

Hop acreage continues to increase across the Northwest. According to NASS, 60,735 hop acres were strung for harvest this year in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. That represents a 4% year over year increase for the region. Washington account for 43,380 acres for harvest, 71% of the total U.S. acreage. In Idaho, 9,784 acres were strung […]

Compared To Other Commodities Pandemic Did Not Hurt Idaho Hay Growers

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the farming community varies location to location and commodity to commodity. One Northwest commodity that didn’t report as many problems because of the pandemic was the hay industry in Idaho. Will Ricks, President of the Idaho Hay and Forage Association, said while many struggled with a dip in […]

U.S. Dairy Industry’s Economic Impact Totals $753 Billion

The U.S. dairy industry continues to play a strong role in the U.S., supporting 3.3 million total jobs and $41.6 billion in direct wages. The International Dairy Foods Association released the findings in an economic impact report this week. IDFA’s 2021 Economic Impact Study, which measures the combined impact of the dairy products industry, says […]

Watson Brought On To Help Dairy West Focus On Sustainability

Dairy West recently took a big step in the industry’s effort to become carbon neutral by 2050 by adding Marissa Watson as the first vice president of sustainability. Watson said days into her new role, she’s trying to understand what dairy farmers across Idaho are already doing and the support they need. “Because I think […]

Supreme Court Decision In Mexico Good News For Idaho Growers, Says Muir

The late April Supreme Court ruling in Mexico allowing for the import of U.S. potatoes is being celebrated by American growers. Frank Muir, President and CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission, said this has been a long battle for growers across the Gem State and across the nation. “I think what will happen in Mexico […]

NW Winter Wheat Off 14% Year-Over-Year

According to NASS, winter wheat production across the Northwest dropped 14% from 2020 to this year. As of May 1st, the production forecast for Idaho sits at 64.6 million bushels, down 3% year-over-year. Yield is expected to average 95.0 bushels per acre, down six bushels from last year. Growers planted an estimated 730,000 acres in […]

USDA Announce Cosby as NRCS Chief

On Wednesday, the Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of Terry Cosby to serve as chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Cosby began his career with USDA in 1979 as a student trainee in Iowa. Over Cosby’s 42 years with the agency, he has served in numerous capacities, most recently, Acting Chief of NRCS […]