The Labor Department Monday announced plans to modernize the long-time H2-A guest worker program, reaction the Agriculture Secretary reacted to the proposal as Rod Bain reportsLivestock industry officials are meeting in Washington, they agree on two main issues: What are the top priorities of the livestock and meat business?Aldrin used to spend summers in Ketchum.
We’re past the 4th of July…and we’re starting to see the first hot days of summer here in Idaho.The progress of US Winter wheat is picking up across the nation as the weather improves. Stephanie Ho, reports from Washington:Spring wheat heading has more than doubled this past week because of that good weather. USDA will resurvey farmers to provide a more accurate estimate of the crop size and planted area. Micheal Clements has ... Read more
A cookout this Fourth of July will cost about 11 cents more compared to last year. Chad Smith has more.Many people think that you can't grill a frozen hamburger pattie and have it come out right. One expert says you can. Here's how. Gary Crawford reports:USDA had some surprises for the corn markets in its acreage and stocks reports. Because of extensive planting delays, USDA will re-survey farmers in 14 states about their plan... Read more
Losses of honey bee colonies are running very high. Gary Crawford talks about this with experts at a pollination event in Washington, D.C. Corn planting is nearing completion but is behind schedule. Stephanie Ho reports:Spring wheat is behind schedule because of in-climate weather. We talked to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey:An economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation expects a strong signup period for the Dairy Marg... Read more
In Gem County, the first orchard crops are in and its festival time…Steve Ritter reports:US lawmakers are voicing concerns about the pending trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada:The top U.S. trade negotiator says the process of getting the US-M-CA on the path to ratification is going smoothly.After one of the wettest springs on record, USDA meteorologist say that drought levels across the country are at an all time l... Read more
Corn, Bean and Wheat prices are up in the USDA’s June estimates. That's a month-over-month price adjustment, Heres why:Let's hope potatoes and beets do the same…Back on Capitol Hill…The federal disaster aid package provides relief to farmers facing an uphill battle with flooding and wet planting conditions. Micheal Clements reports from Washington:After last weeks bone-chilling temps and snowfall in the mountains, we are seeing a h... Read more
The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging lawmakers to reinstate tax credits for biodiesel and short line railroads. Micheal Clements has more.The US House of Representatives this week followed the Senate's lead in approving an over $19 billion dollar disaster aid package - one designed to benefit Ag producers impacted by natural disasters over the last three years. Rod Bain reports:The Agriculture Secretary gave the late... Read more
Idaho Farm labor will be a challenge this summer as farmers scramble to find workers to bring in the crops.Cattle on feed up two percent from last year. Here's the latest from WashingtonUSDA has a new 16-billion dollar support package to help farmers who have been hurt by trade disruptions. Stephanie Ho has more on the story.
The first crop of hay for 2019 is in the barn—just before the rains…other farmers are waiting, Steve Ritter reported that getting the hay in has proven to be a race against the clock, with mother nature calling all the shots.USDA says trade mitigation package is coming "shortly". Farmers urged not to make planting decisions based on speculation about what the package will contain. Gary Crawford reported from WashingtonUS Ag Secreta... Read more
Its harvest time in Idaho, you heard that right, its harvest time in Idaho, in fact, the first harvest of the year. Steve Ritter reports:The Environmental Protection Agency must finalize its year-round E15 rules to allow sales this summer because current regulations stop E15 sales in many states. Micheal Clements has more.I talked to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey about sugar beet planting…while Idaho is now caught up the midwest i... Read more
USDA now has available an online tool to help dairy producers make decisions about the new Margin Coverage Program. Gary CrawfordAs Idahoans gets comfortable with spring, danger lurks on country roads as farm equipment takes to the roads. Steve Ritter reports:In Burley, students learn a thing or two about ranching in a successful program sponsored by the Farm Bureau and Future Farmers of American, Joel Benson reports:
From Capitol Hill, good news on the trade front:The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will boost U.S. ag exports to Mexico and Canada when implemented. Micheal Clements has more.And The Agriculture Secretary talked to us about the latest round of U.S.-Chinese trade talks set for this week, and the need to reach a deal to assist the ag sector. Rod Bain reports:Back here in Idaho, spring planting is behind, so beets, corn, onions... Read more
What are the best ways to bring high-speed internet access to rural areas? USDA is now accepting funding applications for pilot project proposals to find out the best ways. (Gary CrawfordFarmers and ranchers enduring billions of dollars in losses need Congress to pass disaster assistance immediately. Micheal Clements has moreIT’S BEEHIVE SEASON, HERE IN IDAHO, BEEKEEPERS ARE RETURNING TO THEIR HIVES, JUST LIKE THE BEES—AND THEY’RE ... Read more
Farmers and ranchers across the nation are getting bigger, but there are fewer, that's according to the USDA’s Census of Agriculture just released and reveals that the majority of US farms are family owned.
All Wheat Acres Planted in the Northwest down 2 percent, but Idaho plantings will be up 4 percent according to the USDA.In this week's podcast, I talked to Blaine Jacobsen of the Idaho Wheat Commission who says snowpack and good market conditions have farmers confident in wheat.And nationally, USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, has this year's first look at spring wheat planting progress.This past week Idahoans attended Animal Days i... Read more
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says his department is using every program available to help producers hit by floods and other disasters, but he says lawmakers need to pass a disaster bill.
gri-business is big business in Idaho…Steve Ritter reports that spin-off Ag businesses are growing, he visited the Magic Valley for a huge new operation in Burley:Sugar beet production continues to thrive in Cassia County—and where there’s cash crops thrive you’ll find research:And where would Idaho Ag be without research: speaking of research Steve Ritter visited the U of I research center in Parma:The big question on Capitol Hill... Read more
After a long hard winter, spring has finally sprung…and while its still too wet and early to turn dirt, they’re busy in the orchards of SW Idaho as Steve Ritter reports:It's raining, it's pouring it's snowing -- and we just had the wettest US winter on record. Stephanie Ho has the story.The Idaho Statehouse served as a dramatic backdrop for the annual observance of National Ag Day…On hand was Department of Ag Director Celia Gould a... Read more
Some good news on the trade front, despite trade disruptions in the second half of 2018, total U.S. agricultural exports still managed to top 2017, but not by much.
Early forecasts from the Department of Agriculture show a slight rise in net farm income this year. Micheal Clements has more.Corn futures open the Friday session with most contracts down 5 cents. Corn opens up in CBOT $3.56 down 5 cents.Wheat futures open up with MPLS steady to 2 cents lower. CBOT wheat opens up at $4.38 down 7 cents.