Friday, April 29, 2016

2016 Idaho Grasshopper and Mormon Cricket Program

The Idaho Department of Agriculture and its federal partners, recent issued a letter covering the 2016 policy for assisting landowners with grasshopper and Mormon cricket infestation.  This year the program for private landowners will only be a distribution program only.  

Operators who wish to have help from the ISDA will need to have their land inspected.  For more information about the program, go to

To get a complaint form or talk to local program representatives, go to  Click on the "complaint form" button near the top right to obtain a "fillable" pdf form and email or mail it to the indicated office.

For more specific information, contact Dan Safford, the program manager at 208-332-8620 or Dan.Safford@ISDA.IDAHO.GOV

Recorded Ag In Uncertain Times Presentations: Cattle Outlook, Food Safety Modernization, and 2014 Farm Bill

Ag In Uncertain Times webinar- Regulatory Environment

Presentations and presenters included:
  Outlook for U.S. Cattle Producers in 2016 -
     Jess Peterson, Executive Vice President of the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association
  The Food Safety Modernization Act: An Update -
     Marisa Bunning, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Food Safety,
     Colorado State University and Director, Western Regional Food Safety Training Center/Mountain States Sub-Region
  The 2014 Farm Bill: A Midterm Review -
     Vince Smith, Montana State University

Point your browser to > Webinars for presentation slides and webinar recordings posted as: PDF, video, MP3, and more . . .


AG In Uncertain Times Team

Idaho Wheat Commission Needs Cereal Growers Help for Section 18 for Wireworm

Below is a link to the IGPA survey on Economic Impact of Wireworm on Idaho wheat production. Please send this link to your growers, inviting them to help provide the data required by the Idaho Department of Agriculture to submit a request for a section 18 “Emergency Use Permit” for Fipronil as a seed treatment on wheat. We only have 3 weeks to gather the data necessary for the ISDA to file request with EPA, to have a chance for a decision in time for fall planted wheat, 2016 crop. 

Heartland Center Leadership Development in Jackson October 11-13, 2016

The Heartland Center for Leadership Development is returning to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in 2016 for its highly regarded annual institute, which was launched at Snow King Resort in 1992.   Traditionally known as Helping Small Towns Succeed, this institute is one of several events planned for 2016-17 to celebrate the Heartland Center's 30th anniversary and its contributions to community leadership development.

Range Management Farm Advisor Job

The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is seeking an Area Cooperative Extension Advisor – Livestock and Range Management for Fresno and Madera Counties in the Central Valley.  Please share the attached academic application form and position announcements with your colleagues and graduate- and professional-level students in the Animal Science disciplines.  The full position announcement and application instructions are accessible on the UC ANR online job board at 

Applications materials should be submitted via e-mail to For full consideration, application packets are due by the June 12, 2016 Apply By date.

Preserve@Home On-Line Food Preservation Class

Do you want to learn how to safely can, dry or freeze your garden’s bounty? University of Idaho Extension invites you to enroll in Preserve@Home, an online food preservation class to teach individuals how to safely preserve a variety of food products. Participants learn how to produce high-quality, preserved foods and the science behind food preservation and food safety.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Saving Irrigation Water Workshop Monday

The University of Idaho Extension will be presenting a workshop on saving irrigation water on Monday May2nd at 7:00 PM in Suite 203 of the Arco Butte Business Incubation Center.  The featured speaker will be Dr. Howard Neibling, University of Idaho Extension Irrigation Specialist, who has been working on Low Elevation Sprinkler Application (LESA) to improve water use efficacy by reducing evaporative loses.  Dr. Neibling has had experiments and demonstrations around Idaho and the northwest, including in Butte County and will discuss the water saving results of this alternative application technology and how to implement it.