Agriculture

According to a monthly survey, farmers across the U.S. aren’t feeling too optimistic these days.  

MODIFIED FROM SEAGER ET AL. EARTH INTERACTIONS, 2018

The dry and arid climate of the Western U.S. is marching eastward, thanks to climate change.

That’s the conclusion of a set of studies from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Institute. 

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China is imposing new tariffs on over 100 American-made products, including wheat. It’s the second time the Asian nation implemented new fees on American imports this week.


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Idaho may be known as the land of potatoes, but some farmers are beginning to turn to canola as a new cash crop.

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Idaho and potatoes are synonymous for good reason; the Gem State is the nation’s biggest producer of the vegetable. With the fate of NAFTA unknown as negotiators head into an eighth round of talks, the potato industry is monitoring those talks closely.

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When it comes to hop farming, the Pacific Northwest is king. Washington State leads the pack but Idaho eclipsed Oregon in 2017.

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Winemakers are hyper-focused when it comes to the environmental factors that influence the way their product is made. Soil, climate and location all affect wine grapes. Now, there’s evidence that wildfire smoke alters the way a wine tastes – regardless of the flavor of the grapes at harvest.

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One Treasure Valley high schooler has turned her love of farming into her senior project, which could affect students across Idaho.

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The Magic Valley is known for its agricultural clout. But beyond giant dairy farms and the row crops, there’s an aquatic economy that’s literally hopping.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the value of Idaho's agricultural production was down six percent in 2016.

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Wildfire smoke challenged the state’s potato crop this year as hazy skies blunted direct sunlight this summer. According to the Twin Falls Times-News, farmers dealt with weather extremes on both ends of the spectrum. An unusually wet and snowy start to the year saturated the soil, forcing later planting days in the spring.

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If you thought last January was rough, just imagine being a vineyard owner in the Snake River Valley.

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Idaho’s reputation for potatoes is taking a backseat – at least in Asia. The Gem State is selling the island nation of Taiwan five percent of its wheat crop. The deal itself is worth more than half a billion dollars.


How Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Threatens The Dairy Boom In Idaho

Sep 20, 2017
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There’s a cultural and economic collision occurring in southern Idaho. On one side, the anti-immigrant sentiment has expanded, fueled by conservative talk radio and the rhetoric of the Trump administration. On the other side, the dairy industry – long quiet – is speaking out about their reliance on a foreign-born labor force. And the prospect of a new contract for the county jail has both sides agitated.

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Molly Messick / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho may be known as the potato state – and there’s good reason for it. On a per capita basis, the state generates the most money from agriculture out of any western state.


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