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USDA: Despite late start, record corn crop likely

The wet start to the corn planting season is expected to reduce the amount each acre produces this year, but farmers are planting so much of the crop that they’re still likely to bring in a record amount. In a ...

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Dairy abuse video causes worker education push

More education for dairy employees on animal welfare is planned following an undercover video at a south-central Idaho dairy showing mistreatment of animals, an associate professor and extension dairy specialist at the University of Idaho says. “I look at it ...

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Idaho seeking new Oil and Gas commissioners (access required)

The state of Idaho is now taking applications for a newly formed Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Appointed commissioners will replace statewide elected officials, including Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, on the board. Lawmakers and Otter this year approved a ...

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Idaho Power parent company earned $33.5 million

Idacorp, the parent company of electric utility Idaho Power, reported net income increased nearly 35 percent to $33.5 million in three months of 2013, compared to 2012. Company officials called it the best first quarter for the company in more ...

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Forest Service to states: Give subsidies back

The U.S. Forest Service is in the business of preventing fires, not starting them. Yet the agency set off alarms in Congress and state capitols across the West by citing the automatic spending cuts as the basis for demanding that ...

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EPA issues new permit for suction dredge miners

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new permit and rules for recreational miners who use small-scale suction dredging equipment to explore for gold in rivers and creeks across Idaho. The federal agency’s permit imposes a set of new rules, ...

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Shoshone Bannock, Yakamas urge feds to consider horse slaughter

A Northwest Indian tribe urged federal officials to explain their position against slaughtering horses in the United States, calling it “absurd” to prohibit the practice. The question of equine slaughter has been a hot-button issue in the West, where horses ...

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Oil company with megaloads to start production

The Canadian company that set off about three years of legal wrangling with its plan to move gigantic oil equipment loads across Idaho and Montana is close to producing oil. Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil officials said the processing equipment has been assembled ...

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Yogurt production growing in NY but not cow herd

The recent yogurt boom in upstate New York has meant more jobs and more economic activity. But it has not led to many more dairy cows in the state, even as Greek yogurt leader Chobani reaches beyond New York for ...

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