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.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Lost Rivers Grazing Academy Offered in Salmon Idaho September 13th-16th

September 13th- 16th, Eagle Valley Ranch, Salmon, Idaho
 The Lost Rivers Grazing Academy is a 4-day hands-on workshop for livestock operators and their advisers and consults that want to harvest and sell more of the sun’s energy through grazing, improve soil health, reduce erosion, and reduce costs, primarily on irrigated pastures.
The Academy was first held in 1994 in the Lost River Valley, and has been held at least once annually for the last 13 years.  The program has won state and national awards for Extension programs and is has been recognized internationally.  It has been attended by agency personnel and livestock operators from all over the western US, as well as from eastern US, Canada, Mexico and South America.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Extension Coordinator Administrative Professional. at WSU

The Washington State University Farm and Food Systems Program is soliciting applications for an Extension Coordinator Administrative Professional. This 12-month, full-time position provides coordination for multiple Farm and Food Systems programs.

To ensure consideration, applications must be received by August 21, 2016. Application materials must include a letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications and a current resume or curriculum vitae. For more information please see attached job posting advertisement and to apply, visit

WSU is an EO/AA Educator and Employer.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tours and Field Days in Eastern and Southern Idaho

Wednesday, July 13 – UI/ARS/Lima Cereal Seeds Aberdeen Cereal Field Day  from 9 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m (includes lunch) at Aberdeen R&E Center.  Featuring: barley and wheat extension variety trials (Dr. Juliet Marshall), barley and wheat breeding trials (Dr. Gongshe Hu and Dr. Jianli Chen), barley nutrient management study (Dr. Chris Rogers) and wheat-based cropping system (Dr. Xi Liang)

Wednesday, July 13 – Bear Lake water rights adjudication information meeting at 7 p.m. at Robison Fairgrounds Building, Preston

Thursday, July 14 – Idaho Malt Barley Grower Field Day (hosted by Anheuser Busch and InteGrow Malt) at AB malt plant from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Highlights include: tour of test plots and SmartBarley, presentations by company and Idaho government leaders, Budweiser Clydesdales and BUD n Burgers!  RSVP to Katie Mueller at, 314-765-2925 
10:00 am                     Test plot tour and SmartBarley presentation
11:00 am                     American Legion do a flag ceremony
11:30 am                     Introductions of Corporate Leaders and Dignitaries
11:45 – 1:00 pm         Speeches from Corporate Leaders and Dignitaries
12:30 pm                    Lunch Served
1:30 pm                      Recognition of Veterans and Growers
2:00 pm                      Grower field days done

Tuesday, July 19 – UI Soda Springs Variety Trial Field Day at 3 p.m. at 1.5 miles west of Highway 34 on China Hat Road, Soda Springs, followed by Caribou County Grain Producers BBQ at 6 p.m. at Hooper Springs

Wednesday, July 20 – UI Kimberly Research and Extension Center Twilight Tour at 5-8 p.m., 3806 N 3600 E, Kimberly

Monday, June 20, 2016

Stripe Rust Alert for Easter Idaho

Susceptible varieties of spring wheat are showing high levels of infection from stripe rust if they are not protected by fungicides. High levels are showing in Klasic, for example, from the Aberdeen area through Idaho Falls.

Some formerly resistant varieties are showing low levels of stripe rust as well. There is heavy disease pressure in southeast Idaho. As spring wheat is starting to head, please be aware that strobilurin fungicides should not be used to control stripe rust due to the potential for increased DON levels from Fusarium head blight. Choose a fungicide that will be effective for both stripe rust control and FHB suppression and if possible, target application window for FHB suppression.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Field Day and UI's Rock Creek Ranch June 28

The UI Rangeland Center invites you to join UI President Chuck Staben, along with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the College of Natural Resources, the Wood River Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy for a field day at the ranch.

Rock Creek Ranch outside of Hailey, Idaho is a 10,400-acre working conservation ranch that is the subject of a new collaboration among the University of Idaho, The Nature Conservancy in Idaho and the Wood River Land Trust. Our team has a shared vision to establish a sustainable rangeland research and educational facility in the heart of Idaho, where ranching, conservation, recreation and education intersect.