Republican Senators Criticize Biden Action on Keystone XL Pipeline

Following the executive orders signed by President Joe Biden, a group of Republican Senators announced opposition to the halting of construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The effort was led by Senator Steve Daines of Montana and Republicans from Idaho, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma and North Dakota. Several other western senators are expected to sign on […]

Idaho Salmon Workgroup Expected To Release Recommendations This Month

The Idaho Salmon Workgroup, created by Governor Brad Little has wrapped up their work to address fish populations in the Northwest. Brian Brooks is not only a member of ISW, but he is also the executive director of the Idaho Wildlife Federation. He said the most crucial recommendation, removing four dams on the lower Snake […]

Forest Management Technology Celebrates 75 Years Of Innovation

The USA Forest Service National Technology and Developing program is celebrating 75 years of innovation. “Originally we were established to re-purpose military equipment and material after World War II and see if we could retrofit that equipment for wild land fire suppression purposes, noted Program Director, Alex Gavrisheff. He went on to say since 1945 […]

New Douglas Fir Tussock Moth Outbreak Reported In Northern Idaho

The Idaho Department of Lands says several new outbreaks of Douglas fir Tussock were reported across the north central portion of the state this summer. IDL said the new outbreaks were found in the Silver Valley along I-90 as well as the mountains east of Clarkia. Department officials say surveys found few egg masses and […]

Cover Crop Workshop Starts This Week

Producers and other connected to the Ag industry interested in learning more about cover crops, both what works and what does not in the Northwest, are invited to an on-line workshop series that starts Thursday. The Western Cover Crops Council, in partnership with the University of Idaho and Oregon State University will host regional workshops […]

Biden: Democrats Forgot Rural America

President-elect Joe Biden told the New York Times this week that Democrats “forgot” about rural America. However, in the same interview, he says that residents of rural America will “not be left behind.” Biden talked about the future efforts of Democrats to win the support of rural American residents and the 74 million people who […]

Canola Acreage Increasing Across the PNW

Canola acreage increased in all four states across the Northwest this year, led by a 24% increase in Washington. Karen Sowers, Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Canola Association said as a rotational crop, canola has a couple of unique benefits. “Increased yield of the following wheat crop or barley crop, whichever you’re growing in […]

Northwest Expected To See Drought Relief This Winter

As the United States migrates toward winter weather, drought will remain a problem. In fact, according to Mike Halpert, with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, the U.S. is experiencing the most widespread drought, across the continental U.S. since September 2013. He added right now 47% of the country is in some sort of drought. “And the […]

Northwest Canola Acreage Increases Year-Over-Year

According to the latest numbers from the USDA canola acreage in the northwest increase between 2019 and 2020. Not only did acreage increase year-over-year, but both Idaho and Washington hit all-time highs. And the Pacific Northwest now has three of the four top canola producing states the country. Idaho’s hit 46,484 planted acres this year, […]

Idaho The Top Barley Producer in The U.S.

Idaho is once again the top barley producing state in the country. According to the USDA’s 2020 Small Grains Annual Summary, Idaho’s barley crop this year was 1% largest than last year’s thanks to higher yields. In 2020, 500,000 acres of barley were harvested in Idaho, with the average yield of 110 bu/acre. That compares […]