8:37 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Idaho Gov. Otter Preps For Trade Mission To Russia

Idaho's largest export sector is semiconductors and industrial, worth more than $3.17 billion in 2012.
Credit Micron Technology

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is getting ready for a nine-day trade mission in Russia.

The Republican governor, his staff and Idaho business leaders will leave Boise Friday.

The trip caps a busy year of international travel for Otter, who has already made official visits to Vietnam, Taiwan and Korea.

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8:01 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Updated: Japan, South Korea Halt Some U.S. Wheat Purchases

Credit flickr/jonny boy

Japan has temporarily suspended white winter wheat purchases from the Pacific Northwest.

The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture announced the move in response to a report that U.S. regulators found genetically modified wheat on an Oregon farm.

Reuters reports South Korea has also suspended U.S. wheat imports.

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8:46 am
Tue April 23, 2013

New Coalition Launches Against Northwest Coal Exports

Credit Courtney Flatt / Earthfix

A coalition of tribal leaders and politicians gathered in Seattle Monday to announce the formation of a new group that opposes coal exports in the Northwest.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and State Representative Reuven Carlyle were among a group of Washington politicians and tribal leaders who announced the creation of the Leadership Alliance Against Coal. The group says it will work to “raise awareness about the damaging economic, cultural and health impacts of coal trains and coal exports”.

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7:57 am
Fri December 14, 2012

At Public Meeting Seattle Shows Strong Opposition To Gateway Pacific Terminal

Opponents of plans to build coal export terminals in the Northwest waved their signs in support of comments made at the coal export hearing in Seattle.
Credit Michael Werner / EarthFix

More than 2,000 people showed up Thursday to tell regulators what they think should be considered in the environmental review of a proposed coal export terminal near Bellingham, Wash. If built, it could be the largest such facility on the West Coast.

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12:55 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Why South Korea's Ban On Fresh Northwest Potatoes Won't Have A Big Effect On Idaho

Researchers Godfrey Miles, ARS, (left) and Venkatesan Sengoda, Washington State University, evaluate symptoms in fried chips made from potatoes infected with zebra chip. (USDA)
Peggy Greb USDA

Starting today, fresh potatoes from Idaho, Oregon and Washington can no longer be exported to South Korea.

As Capital Press reported earlier this week, Korea’s export ban results from concerns over an insect-borne disease that causes light yellow potato flesh to darken and stripe — the zebra chip.

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StateImpact Idaho
9:16 am
Wed August 8, 2012

How Traditional Japanese Homebuilding Reversed The Fortunes Of One Idaho Sawmill

Idaho Forest Group’s Mike Henley tells buyer Koji Fujiwara and consultant Paul Owen how the company sorts timber for the Japanese market.
Molly Messick StateImpact

Before the recession hit, the sawmill in the North Idaho town of Laclede was known for its reliability.  It had never seen a shutdown, not in Steve Spletstoser’s nearly 30 years of working there.  Then came 2008.

It was really eye-opening to see,” Spletstoser says.  “Your livelihood is hanging in the balance.”  Day after day, the mill cut lumber, and day after day it piled up.  Very little left the lot.

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StateImpact Idaho
10:40 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Trade Mission To China Showcases Unexpected Idaho Businesses

Moxie Java’s first store opened in 1988. The Deans purchased the company in 2001.
Moxie Java

The most recent trade mission to China organized by the state Department of Commerce and headlined by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is underway this week.

Computer and electronic products make up the lion’s share of Idaho’s exports to China, but that sector isn’t represented in the lineup of 15 Idaho companies working to explore and strengthen trade ties.

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