agriculture

‘Canary in the coalmine’: Climate change becoming big factor for Idaho winemakers

BY: - July 19, 2021

The Martin Fujishin who grew up working on a farm in Adrian, Oregon, would have made sure the ground between the rows of his vineyard was spotless. But at his 13.5-acre vineyard in Wilder, the ground is seeded with a layer of cover crops — mixed mustard in the spring, winter wheat during the cold […]

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The Little Wood River Project

Southern Idaho agreement reflects decades of water rights work, dawn of an orderly era

BY: - July 19, 2021

We’ve seen short water times before in Idaho, but this year’s extended drought has put into sharp relief the decades-long Idaho water adjudication process playing out in the Bellevue Triangle just South of Ketchum/Sun Valley/Hailey/Bellevue.  Mostly, it’s been an orderly and legally-reliant curtailment, driven by clear prior court rulings and sound legislation which has established […]

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drought map of Idaho

All Idahoans can play a part in conserving water this drastic drought year. Here’s how.

BY: - July 16, 2021

As a lifelong farmer and the chairman of the Idaho Water Resource Board, it’s been amazing to watch our state’s potential 2021 water supplies diminish from what was shaping up to be a comparatively decent winter with near-average snowpack in most areas of the state to a bone-dry spring.  Although major drought conditions have been […]

Patrick Anderson and cousin

Hundreds of Idahoans have lost their lives ‘for a paycheck’

BY: - May 7, 2021

Patrick L. Anderson was 25 when he died. He worked on oil rigs. He worked as a wildland firefighter. Those jobs, he survived. It was moving dirt in a residential development north of Boise that killed him on Oct. 5 — his first day at work. Mario Vazquez Vergara was 35 when he died. He […]

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock

U.S. senator works to remedy decades of USDA discrimination against Black farmers

BY: - May 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — The arrival of U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock in Congress earlier this year coincided with an overdue recognition of the historic discrimination inflicted on Black farmers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The farmers’ plight has emerged as a major priority for Warnock, a Georgia Democrat whose victory in a January special election runoff […]

Ag secretary keys in on food insecurity and nutrition in USDA budget request

BY: - April 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday laid out the USDA’s goals to expand food insecurity and nutrition programs in the president’s budget request, as well as the agency’s focus on programs to address longtime racial discrimination. “Normally I would talk to you all about numbers in the budget,” Vilsack, the former governor of […]