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Longtime Idaho representative won’t seek re-election
Considered a legislative expert on water issues, Raybould says his work on the topic is among his top contributions to state policy.

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Federal payments to Idaho agriculture drop 44 percent
Federal payments to Idaho agriculture drop 44 percent
Federal government payments accounted for less than 5 percent of Idaho’s total net farm income, compared to 17.7 percent for U.S. agriculture overall.
Washington, Idaho officials say saving roadkill makes sense
Under a law passed last year, Oregon will begin allowing permit holders to salvage roadkill in 2019.
Idaho total net farm income increased 15 percent in 2017
Idaho total net farm income increased 15 percent in 2017
Despite a 2 percent increase in overall farm expenses, net farm income in Idaho increased 15 percent in 2017 due to a 5 percent increase in farm revenues. It was the state’s first increase in net farm income in four years.
Washington, Idaho officials say saving roadkill makes sense
Deer and elk top the list in Idaho, but residents have also hauled away 419 moose, 55 black bears, 51 wild turkeys and 39 beavers since the law went into effect.
IDA lays out its legislative agenda
IDA lays out its legislative agenda
A new phosphorous standard for nutrient management plans tops the list of Idaho dairymen’s legislative agenda at the state level. Immigration, trade and insurance are the focus at the national level.
Researchers continue long-term study of sage grouse, grazing
Researchers continue long-term study of sage grouse, grazing
The lack of empirical data on the relationship between livestock grazing and sage grouse survival is the driving force behind a collaborative 10-year field study being led by the University of Idaho.
Committee will offer farm bill input to Idaho’s congressional delegation
Committee will offer farm bill input to Idaho’s congressional delegation
An 11-member committee representing Idaho’s ag industry will offer the state’s congressional delegation input on the development of the new farm bill.
Phosphorus indexing offers dairies flexibility, precision
Phosphorus indexing offers dairies flexibility, precision
The new standard will better address the risk of phosphorus loss to the environment and allow dairymen to focus management on high-risk sites.
Otter’s proposed budget excludes seed potato facility
Otter’s proposed budget excludes seed potato facility
University of Idaho plans to build a new $5.5 million nuclear seed potato facility but Gov. Butch Otter’s proposed 2019 budget does not include $3 million in state funding sought by the university.
Both sides declare victory in 9th Circuit Court’s ‘ag gag’ ruling
Both sides declare victory in 9th Circuit Court’s ‘ag gag’ ruling
“Almost all of the law got upheld,” said Gayle Batt, a former state representative who sponsored the bill in the Idaho House of Representatives. “The meat of the bill survived.”

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