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Drought prompts disaster declarations in Idaho, 10 other states

Federal officials have designated portions of 11 drought-ridden western and central states as primary natural disaster areas, highlighting the financial strain the lack of rain is likely to bring to farmers in those regions. The announcement by the U.S. Department ...

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Report: Growers planted fewer winter wheat acres

The first acreage estimate of the growing season shows U.S. farmers planted fewer acres of winter wheat for harvest this year, according to a report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service released Jan. 10. The agency reported that the 41.9 ...

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Idaho farmers receive less in crop subsidies

Projections indicate that direct payments from the government to Idaho farmers and ranchers dropped 17 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year, economists said. The projections were based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, ...

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Conservation groups sue over Idaho wolf kill plan

Conservation groups are suing federal and state officials over Idaho’s plan to track and kill wolves from two packs in central Idaho. The lawsuit, filed by Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project and Wilderness Watch in Pocatello’s U.S. District Court ...

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Idaho solar developer fights to keep project alive

The developer of a proposed $180 million southern Idaho solar energy project hopes to be delivering electricity within months, despite past rejections by regulators. Peter Richardson, a Boise energy lawyer and one of the project’s developers, said a decision from ...

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Defined by critics, big ag restarts conversation

Add one more item to the list of chores that Larry Hasheider has to do on his 1,700-acre farm: defending his business to the American public. There’s a lot of conversation about traditional agriculture recently, and much of it is ...

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As Idaho farmers retire, the next generation steps up (access required)

Agriculture economists have long warned that farmers are getting old and staying on their land longer, delaying the turnover to a younger generation. But an Ohio State University professor argues that those fears are overstated and that the United States ...

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Federal judge allows Idaho wolf derby to proceed

A federal judge Dec. 27 allowed a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby to proceed on public land in Idaho this weekend, ruling its organizers aren’t required to get a special permit from the U.S. Forest Service. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy ...

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North Dakota develops honeybee protection plan

North Dakota, which has long led the nation in honey production, has developed guidelines for farmers, ranchers, landowners and beekeepers to better protect honeybees and help reverse the effects of a mysterious disorder that has vastly eroded the insects’ population ...

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Federal survey shows risks to children on farms

Young children face an increased risk of injury on farms even though the overall number of youth hurt in agricultural accidents continues to decline, according to new federal data. An estimated 14,000 people younger than 20 were hurt on farms ...

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