Friday, October 14, 2016

Native Plant Summit November 1-3

Native Plant Summit
(aka ‘Back 2 Boise’)
sponsored by the Boise State University Dept. of Biological Sciences
and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Logan, UT
general sessions
Tuesday & Wednesday, November 1-2, 2016
plant material workshops
Wednesday & Thursday, November 2-3, 2016
Boise State University Student Union
Boise, Idaho
There is no registration fee,but advance pre-registration is preferred.Please e-mail Cody at by Friday, October 21, 2016 to pre-register

Sunday, October 2, 2016

2016 Western Ag Industry Survey Report Available

2016 Western Ag Industry Survey

In early 2016, the idea for the Agricultural Industry Survey originated from a similar effort administered by a group of Colorado Extension Specialists. Members of the Western Extension Committees (WEC) on Farm Management and Marketing, made up of Extension economists from 13 Western States, Guam, and the U.S. Pacific Islands then initiated a survey specific to agriculture in the west.
The survey invitation was emailed to the WEC membership who distributed it through Extension contact channels.

The survey report
is now available…

Take the Ag Legacy Survey

University of Wyoming Extension Offers Legacy Course

Ag Legacy Survey

What is an Ag Legacy?
A legacy is the summation of a lifetime of achievement and the context in which that lifetime will be remembered. A legacy is not just money but a reputation, what was accomplished, and the difference a person makes in the world as they pass through; their mark on the universe.

More importantly, a legacy is something that is passed along years after a person leaves the world as we know it. In historical terms, a legacy is something that is handed down from one generation to the next. Deciding to leave a legacy can provide a road map for the future; embracing the meaning of a life. …to read more click here

We would like to hear from you!
Take just a few moments to share with us your perspective on transitioning management responsibilities to the next generation. Your answers to the Management Showdown questions help us to better understand the issues in transitioning management responsibilities between generations. Click the image at the left to load the Ag Legacy Survey and give us your perspective. . .


            by Bruce Anderson, 
Extension Forage Specialist

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

               Disc mowers are fantastic machines.  Compared to sickle bar mowers, they cut faster, have less maintenance and repairs, and rarely plug.  They can cut the crop shorter and keep going even if they occasionally scalp the surface.  And that’s the problem!
               `With alfalfa, regrowth comes from crown buds using nutrients stored underground in the taproot.  It doesn’t matter if you leave a 1-inch or a 4-inch stubble, alfalfa regrowth rate will be the same.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

ARS Releases New Berry Varieties

Two New Berries for You from ARS

/ARSUserFiles/oc/images/photos/sep16/d3633-2i.jpgBy Sharon Durham
September 28, 2016
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) geneticist Chad Finn and his colleagues at the Horticultural Crops Research Unit in Corvallis, Oregon, developed two new berry varieties—a blueberry and a blackberry—and recently released them to the public.
Baby Blues, a blueberry cultivar, is a vigorous, high-yielding, small-fruited, machine-harvestable highbush blueberry with outstanding fruit quality. It is well suited for processing markets that require a small fruit size. Baby Blues should offer growers and processors an alternative to the low-yielding Rubel highbush blueberry, and it should thrive in milder areas where northern highbush blueberries are grown, according to Finn.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Soil Fumigation Stewardship Meetings

Idaho Department of Agriculture and manufactures and suppliers of soil fumigants are sponsoring workshops to review label requirements, discuss past incidents, as well as worker protection.  Other issues such as buffer zones, notification and other important regulations will be covered.

The meetings will be 2 hours long and refreshments will be provided.  There will be 2 units of pesticide re certification credit.

August 16th
8-10 AM Fairfield Inn, Idaho Falls
1-3 PM Shoshone Bannock Event Center. Fort Hall

August 17
8-10 AM  Burley Inn, Burely,
1-3 PM La Quinta Inn, Twin Falls

August 18th
8-10 AM Hampton Inn, Nampa
1-3 PM Clarion Inn, Ontario

Please RSVP if possible to :
Bob Spencer 208-332-8613

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Changes to Worker Protection Standard Start January 1

The Environmental Protection Agency has made updates and revision to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS), CFR 170 subparts E and F.  There changes in the regulation will affect most commercial and private applicators, and will take effect on January 1, 2017.

Changes in the regulations  of these regulations will affect notification, training, pesticide safety and hazard communication, use of personal protective equipment  (PPE), as well as the supplies and conditions for routine washing and emergency decontamination

Perhaps the change most likely to change pesticide application operations is a revision concerning entrance into the Applicable Exclusion Zone.  This will require applicators to suspend applications when untrained or improperly equipped individuals enter or remain in the application area.

Please check into these changes in the WPS, which you can do at, at or by phoning Luis Urias, Agricultural Program Specialist, with the Idaho Department of Agriculture at 208-332-8663.