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Public Information Officer
Sydney Kennedy
(208) 332-8507
Sydney.Kennedy@isda.idaho.gov

Recent Press Releases

  • July 1, 2024 - Idaho implements new measures to combat invasive species

    Boise, Idaho - The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) announced that starting July 1, new laws will take effect to combat aquatic invasive species. Changes to law include mandatory inspection and decontamination for out of state watercraft, requirements for removing drain plugs and opportu [...]
  • May 22, 2024 - Idaho Governor Declares May 2024 as Horticulture Month

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little proclaimed May as Horticulture Month, recognizing the invaluable contributions of local nursery and greenhouse growers to Idaho's economy and quality of life, and encouraging Idahoans to shop for Idaho-grown plant products at local nurseries and greenhouses. [...]
  • April 19, 2024 - Free Pesticide Disposal Locations Across Idaho

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) Pesticide Disposal Program announced pesticide disposal locations across the state the week of April 22. The ISDA Pesticide Disposal Program provides free and safe disposal of unusable or unwanted pesticides. The program is open to [...]
  • March 28, 2024 - HPAI Detection in Idaho Dairy Herd 

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) identified today highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a Cassia County dairy cattle operation.   These are the first cases of HPAI in a livestock operation in Idaho. The affected facility recently imported cattle from anoth [...]
  • March 21, 2024 - New Chemigation Bill Changes Licensing Process for Chemigators

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed House Bill 549 into law, marking a significant change in the requirements for chemigators in Idaho. The new legislation was signed and went into effect on March 19, 2024. The new law reduces paperwork and regulatory burden while still ensuring that che [...]
  • March 12, 2024 - Idaho Agriculture Day at the Capitol Next Tuesday

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture will host a celebration for Idaho Agriculture Day Tuesday, March 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the State Capitol Building.   Displays recognizing Idaho agriculture will be on the second floor of the Rotunda.   This engaging opp [...]
  • March 6, 2024 - Cull Onion Disposal Deadline March 15, 2024

    Boise, Idaho – March 15, 2024, is the deadline for disposal of cull onions in Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Owyhee and Washington counties.   According to Idaho State Statute 02.06.05, Disposal of Cull Onions and Potatoes, all cull or waste onions not useable for human consumption, will be dispo [...]
  • February 15, 2024 - Gov. Little Declares February 19-25, 2024, Idaho Community Supported Agriculture Week

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little proclaimed February 19-25, 2024, as Idaho Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Week, recognizing the vital contribution of local family-owned farms and ranches to Idaho’s economy and community resilience. “Community Supported Agriculture plays a pivotal [...]
  • January 16, 2024 - ISDA Looks to Award Over $5.0 Million to Strengthen Food Supply Chain Infrastructure

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) announced today the competitive solicitation process to award over $5.0 million in Resilient Food System Infrastructure (RFSI) Grants. Grants will fund projects that enhance markets for producers and improve transportation of Idaho [...]
  • December 20, 2023 - Snake River Closure Update

    December 18, 2023 Water Closure  ISDA’s water closure along the Snake River has been amended as of December 18. Beginning December 18, water access is open to the public between Broken Bridge (Yingst Grade) and Pillar Falls. Water access from Pillar Falls to Twin Falls Dam remains closed (IDA [...]
  • November 8, 2023 - ISDA Announces 2024 Specialty Crop Grant Application

    Boise, Idaho - The Idaho State Department of Agriculture announced today the application for 2024 Specialty Crop Block Grants is now open. The new deadline for submitting all application materials is Thursday, February 1, 2024. "Past initiatives through the Specialty Crop Grant have led to progress [...]
  • November 7, 2023 - Idaho Preferred Ag-Artisan Gift Boxes 2023

    Boise, Idaho - The Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s Idaho Preferred program announced the launch of the fifth annual Ag-artisan Holiday Gift Box. The latest initiative for the upcoming holiday season is an opportunity for Idahoans to support farmers, ranchers and food crafters across the Ge [...]
  • October 30, 2023 - ISDA Announces the Idaho Farm and Ranch Conference, January 4-5

    Boise, Idaho - The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) announced today the Idaho Farm and Ranch Conference January 4-5, 2024 in Boise. The Idaho Farm and Ranch Conference is a free event for producers, agribusinesses, organizations, and community leaders to exchange knowledge and experti [...]
  • October 18, 2023 - Idaho State Department of Agriculture Will Open a Portion of the Snake River, Beginning October 19 

    Boise, Idaho - The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) announced today the decision to reopen a portion of the Snake River to public access, starting Thursday, Oct. 19 at 12:01a.m. The area reopening is from the highwater mark from Highway 46 Bridge upstream to and including the partial bri [...]
  • October 10, 2023 - Snake River Quagga Mussel Treatment Continues with Support from Idahoans

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) continues quagga mussel treatment in an effort to eradicate the invasive species in the Snake River. Tuesday October 3, ISDA and contractors launched a comprehensive treatment plan to eradicate quagga mussels at all stages of life. [...]
  • September 19, 2023 - ISDA Confirms Quagga Mussel Larvae in the Snake River

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) confirmed yesterday the presence of quagga mussel larvae in the Centennial Waterfront Park area of the Snake River. Multiple samples of quagga mussel at larval life stages have been found in the Twin Falls area by ISDA’s early det [...]
  • September 11, 2023 - Free Pesticide Disposal Fall Dates

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture Pesticide Disposal Program announced disposal locations across the state for the month of September. The ISDA Pesticide Disposal Program provides free and safe disposal of unusable or unwanted pesticides. Participants of the program can b [...]
  • August 24, 2023 - USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Funding Awarded to Idaho

    Boise, Idaho - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)this week awarded over $2.1 million in Fiscal Year 2023 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funding to Idaho. With this grant, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) will fund project [...]
  • August 23, 2023 - ISDA Confirms First Equine West Nile Cases of the Year

    Boise, Idaho - The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has confirmed multiple cases of equine West Nile virus (WNV) in three horses in Canyon County.  The three cases are unrelated to one another, and the horses reside at three separate facilities in the county. All three horses are re [...]
  • August 3, 2023 - Idaho Governor Declares August as Inaugural Idaho Farmers Market Month

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little declared August as Farmers Market Month in the State of Idaho to showcase the bounty and diversity of Idaho agriculture. Idaho Farmers Market Month is an annual celebration of the over 55 farmers markets currently operating throughout the state. This year mar [...]
  • July 18, 2023 - Idaho Celebrates its Organic Agriculture Sector with Idaho Organics Week

    Boise, Idaho — Governor Brad Little has declared July 16-22, 2023, as Idaho Organics Week, a dedicated time to formally acknowledge and celebrate Idaho’s organic agriculture.  Idaho Organics Week is an annual celebration dedicated to recognizing and promoting the organic agriculture industry [...]
  • July 7, 2023 - The ISDA is Working to Control Grasshopper and Mormon Cricket Populations 

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture provided updated information today on grasshopper and Mormon cricket outbreaks across Southern Idaho.   Grasshopper and Mormon cricket outbreaks have been designated by ISDA in Cassia, Oneida, Power and Franklin counties. An outbreak is [...]
  • July 5, 2023 - Idaho Preferred and Farmer Veteran Coalition Launch Merged Logo

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture announced the new Homegrown by Heroes merged mark, an ISDA Idaho Preferred Program and the Farmer Veteran Coalition collaboration. This new trademark offers a way for consumers to quickly identify veteran-produced local foods, beverages and [...]
  • May 22, 2023 - Japanese Beetle Treatment in Caldwell Begins

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture announced the treatment for Japanese beetle in select Caldwell neighborhoods is to begin this week. ISDA received permission to treat nearly 830 properties in the residential area bordered by Lincoln Road (North), Franklin Road (South), I [...]
  • May 3, 2023 - Idaho Governor Declares May as Idaho Horticulture Month to Celebrate Local Nursery and Greenhouse Growers

    BOISE, Idaho ‐‐ Idaho Governor Brad Little has declared May as Horticulture Month to celebrate the contribution of local nursery and greenhouse growers to the state’s economy and quality of life. According to the most recent reports, Idaho’s nursery and greenhouse growers contribute over $83 [...]
  • April 24, 2023 - Free Pesticide Disposal Spring Dates

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture Pesticide Disposal Program announced disposal locations across the state for this week. The ISDA Pesticide Disposal Program provides free and safe disposal of unusable or unwanted pesticides. Participants of the program can be homeowners, [...]
  • March 30, 2023 - 2023 Watercraft Inspection Season is Here

    Boise, Idaho - The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) watercraft inspection stations have begun inspecting boats for the 2023 season. The ISDA Invasive Species Program reminds boaters to take precautions to avoid transporting invasive species, such as quagga and zebra mussels. All boat [...]
  • March 14, 2023 - Cull Onion Disposal Deadline, March 15

    Boise, Idaho – March 15, 2023 is the deadline for disposal of cull onions in Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Owyhee and Washington counties. According to the “Rules Governing the Disposal of Cull Onions and Potatoes,” all cull or waste onions not useable for human consumption, will be disposed o [...]
  • March 7, 2023 - Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Confirmed in Bingham County

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has confirmed Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus in a flock of domestic chickens in Bingham County. This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in domestic birds this season. HPAI is a highly contagious virus that can caus [...]
  • February 28, 2023 - Equine Herpesvirus Confirmed in Gem County

    Boise, Idaho - The Idaho State Department of Agriculture received confirmation of a case of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) in Gem County, Idaho. A mare at a private equine facility in Gem County aborted a pregnancy in late February. On February 27, 2023, the ISDA received laboratory confirmation the [...]
  • February 22, 2023 - Gov. Little Recognizes National Invasive Species Awareness Week

    Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little proclaimed this week, February 20-26, 2023, as National Invasive Species Awareness Week. In the proclamation, the Governor recognized the great impact that invasive species have on Idaho’s productivity and management of land and water resources. The proclamati [...]
  • February 3, 2023 - ICIA Proposed Grass Sod Standards Changes

    Due to lawmaking by the 2020 Idaho legislature, the University of Idaho and Idaho Crop Improvement Association are no longer required to use the Administrative Rule (IDAPA) process for setting standards for seed certification.  The University of Idaho and Idaho Crop Improvement Association are now [...]
  • January 31, 2023 - 2023 Specialty Crop Block Grant Application

    Boise, Idaho - The Idaho State Department of Agriculture announced today the application period for 2023 Specialty Crop Block Grants is now open. The deadline for submitting all application materials is Sunday, March 5, 2023. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has alloc [...]
  • January 4, 2023 - Idaho Farm and Ranch Succession Planning Course

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s Idaho Farm and Ranch Center announced today its new online Succession Planning Course. The 28-lesson course allows producers to work at their own pace to learn the process of succession planning, identify generational goals, start family conversations, a [...]
  • November 30, 2022 - “Give. Eat. Local.” This Year with the Idaho Preferred Holiday Gift Box

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s Idaho Preferred program is excited to offer its annual ag-artisan holiday gift box. This year, customers have two gift box options containing more than 13 products grown, raised, and crafted in Idaho. Each purchase supports local Idaho producers and our [...]
  • October 13, 2022 - ISDA Showcases the Idaho Farm to Chef Connection

    Boise, Idaho – Idaho Preferred announced the premier of a special video series, “Idaho’s Farm to Chef Connection,” featuring chefs and restaurants whose menus are devoted to using locally-sourced ingredients from the Gem State’s farm and ranch families. ‘“Idaho’s Farm to Chef Conn [...]
  • September 19, 2022 - Governor and ISDA Director Host Wheat Agreement Ceremony

    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022 Governor Brad Little and Idaho State Department of Agriculture Director Celia Gould will host Taiwan Flour Mills Association representatives and Idaho wheat industry officials at a ceremony to sign a $576 million agreement supporting U.S. wheat exports to Taiwan over th [...]
  • September 16, 2022 - Idaho, Taiwan Flour Millers Sign $576 Million Wheat Deal

    Idaho, Taiwan Flour Millers sign $576 million wheat deal Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little joined representatives of the Idaho wheat industry and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle in the State Capitol today to sign a letter of intent for the Taiwan Flour Mills Association (TF [...]
  • September 14, 2022 - ISDA Confirms First Case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Since May

    BOISE, ID – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has confirmed Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus in a backyard flock of domestic chickens and ducks in Twin Falls County, Idaho. This is the first confirmed case of HPAI in domestic poultry this season. While HPAI was dete [...]
  • September 2, 2022 - ISDA Confirms First Case of Equine West Nile Virus this Year

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s (ISDA) Animal Health Laboratory confirmed the first case of equine West Nile virus (WNV) in Idaho this year. The affected horse, located in Gooding County, is recovering and is under the treatment of a veterinarian. The most common signs of WNV in hor [...]
  • August 3, 2022 - Idaho Celebrates Farmers Market Week

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is pleased to highlight Governor Brad Little’s proclamation of August 7-13, 2022, as Idaho Farmers Market Week. Idaho’s designation matches National Farmers Market Week. Farmers markets showcase the bounty and diversity of Idah [...]
  • June 24, 2022 - HR133 Specialty Crop Block Grant Application Period Reopened

    Applications for the HR133 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program have been reopened.  The new deadline for submitting all application materials is Sunday, July 31, 2022.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Market Service (AMS) has allocated these funds to the states thro [...]
  • April 15, 2022 - ISDA Receives Confirmation of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Idaho

    BOISE, ID – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has received confirmation of multiple cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus in two separate flocks of domestic chickens in Gooding County and Caribou County. The affected flocks appear to be unrelated. HPAI is a vira [...]
  • February 28, 2022 - Private Pesticide and Chemigation Applicator Training Event Idaho Falls, March 23, 2022

    Study Materials can be found here: Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual Idaho Chemigation Training Manual Please note, participants are encourage to review the materials prior to the training. Pre-registration is required and must be completed by March 21, 2022 Registration capa [...]
  • February 24, 2022 - Private Pesticide and Chemigation Applicator Training Event - Idaho Falls, March 23, 22

    Study Materials can be found here: Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual Idaho Chemigation Training Manual Private Pesticide and Chemigation Applicator Training Event March 23, 2022 8:00 am – 10:00 am – Exam preparation training 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Proctored Exams [...]
  • February 23, 2022 - Private Pesticide and Chemigation Applicator Training Event, March 23, 2022 - Idaho Falls

    Study Materials can be found here: Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual Idaho Chemigation Training Manual Please note, participants are encourage to review the materials prior to the training. Pre-registration is required and must be completed by March 21, 2022 Registration capa [...]
  • February 17, 2022 - Private Pesticide and Chemigation Applicator Training Event

    Study Materials can be found here: Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual Idaho Chemigation Training Manual Please note, participants are encourage to review the materials prior to the training. Pre-registration is required and must be completed by March 7, 2022 Registration capacity is 30 [...]
  • November 19, 2021 - Cessation of Seed Indemnity Fund Assessments

    Boise, Idaho – Effective January 1, 2022, all licensed Idaho seed buyers currently withholding or deducting Seed Indemnity Fund (SIF) assessments from purchase payments or contract settlement payments to Idaho seed producers shall discontinue such withholdings and assessments. The Idaho SIF had [...]
  • November 19, 2021 - Give.Eat.Local with the Idaho Preferred Holiday Gift Box

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture recently announced the release of its third annual Idaho Preferred holiday gift box containing more than 15 unique, locally-grown and crafted Idaho products. We invite everyone to share a taste of Idaho with these holiday gift boxes. Each pu [...]
  • November 1, 2021 - ISDA Announces Approved State Hemp Plan

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture announced today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s approval of the Idaho State Hemp Plan. Under this plan, the ISDA will begin licensing hemp producers and handlers under Idaho Code and the 2018 Farm Bill. The ISDA will open online hemp license applic [...]
  • August 27, 2021 - ISDA Confirms Multiple Equine West Nile Cases

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) Animal Health Laboratory has confirmed multiple cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in horses. The affected horses are located in Lemhi, Twin Falls, Canyon, Ada, and Blaine counties.  One horse was euthanized due to the severity of the disea [...]
  • March 26, 2021 - Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) Confirmed in Idaho Wild Jackrabbits

    BOISE, ID – The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) and Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) announced today the confirmation of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) found in two wild jackrabbits located southwest of the Boise Airport in Ada County. This is first case of RHD identified in [...]
  • March 23, 2021 - Celebrating Idaho Agriculture

    March 23 marks the celebration of National Ag Day. This past year has given us much to reflect on and appreciate about the importance of food production. Throughout the pandemic Idaho agriculture experienced severe economic swings and workforce challenges. Still, we saw agriculture’s unique [...]
  • March 22, 2021 - ISDA Confirms Aquatic Weeds in Blue Heart Springs

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has confirmed the presence of Eurasian watermilfoil, an aquatic noxious weed, in Blue Heart Springs near Box Canyon on the Snake River. ISDA’s recent investigation and sampling confirmed the presence of both Andean watermilfoil, a native species, an [...]
  • March 11, 2021 - Idaho Continues Work on Invasive Mussels in Aquarium Products

    Since detections of zebra mussels in aquarium products last week, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has continued working in coordination with state and federal partners to further identify retail distribution, collect affected products, and ensure proper disposal. This collaborative [...]
  • March 4, 2021 - Idaho Discovers Invasive Mussels in Aquarium Products

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s (ISDA) Invasive Species Program announced today the detection of invasive zebra mussels in aquarium products sold in the state. The ISDA has found live, viable zebra mussels in Marimo moss balls which commonly are sold for use in aquariums. ISDA offic [...]
  • January 28, 2021 - ISDA Director Congratulates State Veterinarian on Retirement and Makes New Appointment

    Idaho State Department of Agriculture Director Celia Gould announced today the appointment of Scott Leibsle, DVM, as the new State Veterinarian following the retirement of Bill Barton, DVM. “Dr. Barton showed his deep love of agriculture through years of service and with steadfast commitment to [...]
  • August 20, 2020 - ISDA Agricultural Resources COVID-19 Updates & FAQs

    Find the latest ISDA Agricultural Resources COVID-19 Updates & FAQs here. [...]
  • July 28, 2020 - Unsolicited Seed Packages from China

    July 27, 2020- The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is sharing information for Idahoans who have received unsolicited packages of seeds from China. The ISDA has received approximately 20 calls or emails reporting these kind of packages being sent to Idahoans. Several states are report [...]
  • May 7, 2020 - ISDA Statement on Asian Giant Hornets

    As of May 7, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has no confirmed reports of Asian giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia) being found in the state. At this point in time only two specimens have ever been collected in the United States - both in northwest Washington. Each year ISDA investig [...]
  • March 16, 2020 - If You Feel Sick, Please Cancel and Reschedule Your ISDA Licensing Exam

    If you become ill for any reason, regardless of whether you were exposed to COVID-19, please do not come to appointments or exams at any ISDA facility or an ISDA sponsored exam. Please contact Elizabeth Palmateer at 208-332-8595 to reschedule your exam. You should reschedule your exam [...]
  • March 16, 2020 - Attention: Pesticide Training Events Postponed

    In regard to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is taking precautionary actions to protect the safety of our customers. Effective immediately all pesticide-related training events hosted by ISDA have been postponed and will be rescheduled on a later da [...]
  • November 1, 2019 - Idaho Preferred Holiday Gift Box

    Idaho Preferred holiday gift boxes make the perfect gift this holiday season. Several Idaho products are attractively packaged and make a gift you can be proud to give. You can skip the long lines and support local from the comfort of your home. The gift boxes include: Anew Foods (6oz bag of Mu [...]
  • October 1, 2019 - First Lady Little to Kick-Off Farm to School Month at Local School 

    (Boise) – First Lady Teresa Little and the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) will visit the Notus School cafeteria on Tuesday to kick-off Farm to School Month. The event will highlight an all-Idaho lunch with students and will include Idaho-produced foods such as cheese, fruit, milk, ve [...]
  • September 9, 2019 - Free Pesticide Disposal Schedule

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) announced today the fall schedule for free pesticide disposals across the state. Agricultural producers, dealers, professional applicators and homeowners will have a safe, legal and free opportunity to dispose of unusable pesticides through these sche [...]
  • August 19, 2019 - Students Experience Idaho Agriculture in Farm to Summer Programs

    For most kids, summer means fun in the sun and a break from school but it can also mean a decreased amount of learning and one less meal for some students. ISDA’s Idaho Preferred program partnered with schools, youth centers, and picnic in the park programs around the gem state to lessen the gap a [...]
  • August 19, 2019 - Buyers from Taiwan Met with Idaho Producers

    In August, a buying delegation from Taiwan came to Idaho looking for new and innovative products.  Pre-qualified and serious buyers from six Taiwanese companies made the trip to learn more about Idaho’s agricultural offerings. The group met with Idaho purveyors of pet products, beer, wine, grain [...]
  • August 19, 2019 - Walmart Promotes Idaho Beers During Craft Beer Month

    During the month of April, Idaho Preferred and Walmart paired up with Payette Brewing, 10 Barrel Brewing, and Sockeye to celebrate Idaho Craft Beer Month. The collaboration included educational signage and creative displays in 8 different Walmart stores across the Treasure Valley.  “Thank you ag [...]
  • August 19, 2019 - Mexico Beef Cattlemen Visit Idaho Cattle Ranches

    On July 28 - August 1, 2019, six Mexican cattle ranchers visited Idaho to source Idaho livestock and livestock genetics for the Mexican market. Tours and meetings centered around helping the delegation learn first-hand about Idaho’s robust beef industry and reputation for outstanding cattle and ex [...]
  • August 14, 2019 - Nursery, Landscape and Floral Research/Education - Call for 2020 Proposals

    Each year, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture Nursery and Florist Advisory Committee (ISDA), in cooperation with the Idaho Nursery & Landscape Association, awards financial grants to support research/education efforts that would benefit the Idaho nursery, landscape, and floral industry. T [...]
  • July 3, 2019 - Clean, Drain and Dry to Stop Invasive Species This Fourth of July

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is reminding boaters to take measures during the Fourth of July holiday to prevent spreading invasive species, such as quagga and zebra mussels. The ISDA’s invasive species watercraft inspection program is in its eleventh season of operation. [...]
  • June 4, 2019 - Equine Infectious Anemia Confirmed In Idaho

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has received confirmation of equine infectious anemia (EIA) diagnosed in a horse that was transported from Washington back to its home in Canyon County in May 2019.  Most commonly transmitted by biting insects, EIA is an infectious [...]
  • May 3, 2019 - Farmers Markets Kick-Off 2019 Season

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is marking the beginning of the 2019 farmers market season. Idaho’s farmers markets continue to be a popular location for purchasing local food and agriculture products including fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, honey and more. Farmer [...]
  • April 26, 2019 - Farmer-Chef Collaborative Connects Restaurants with Local Producers

    Boise, Idaho – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s (ISDA) Idaho Preferred Program will host a Treasure Valley Farmer-Chef Collaborative on April 29, 2019. The Farmer-Chef Collaborative aims to build connections among the culinary community and local agriculture while meeting consumer dem [...]
  • April 10, 2019 - FDA Publishes Final Rule Extending Compliance Dates for Agricultural Water Provisions

    Larger farms are now required to comply with the agricultural water requirements by January 26, 2022, while small farms have until January 26, 2023 and very small farms until January 26, 2024.  This rule does not change the compliance dates for sprout operations. FDA Publishes Final Rule Extending [...]
  • April 10, 2019 - FDA Publishes Guidance for Industry: Enforcing Policy for Entities Growing, Harvesting, Packing, or Holding Hops, Wine Grapes, Pulse Crops and Almonds.

    The purpose of this document is to state the intent of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, we, or the Agency) not to enforce the requirements of the Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption regulation (21 CFR Part 112) as they apply to entities [...]
  • March 29, 2019 - Equine Herpesvirus Confirmed in Ada County

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has received confirmation of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) diagnosed in a horse in Ada County. The horse traveled from Arizona to Idaho in February and then was transported to the Salty Dash Futurity in South Jordan, Utah, from March 1 [...]
  • March 12, 2019 - National Ag Day and the 100 year anniversary of the ISDA

    (BOISE) – The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) will celebrate National Ag Day and the 100 year anniversary of the department on Thursday, March 14. ISDA Director Celia Gould and agency staff will host an agricultural display on the front steps of the Capitol from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. h [...]
  • March 7, 2019 - Pesticide Exams - Online Registration now Available.

    You can now register for Pesticide Applicator Exams and Recertification Seminars online. Read more... [...]
  • February 25, 2019 - 2019 Sandpoint Produce Safety Alliance Training

    The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training curriculum is currently the only FDA-approved training program to prepare fresh produce growers to meet the regulatory requirements in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety R [...]
  • December 13, 2018 - The Boise Office has a New PO Box Address

    The ISDA Boise office has consolidated its PO Box addresses into a single PO Box.  The new PO Box address for marketing is effective immediately: Idaho State Department of Agriculture PO. Box 7249 Boise, ID 83707 Please revise your records accordingly. For more information, please visit our [...]
  • December 13, 2018 - “Starting a Specialty Food Business” Manual Now Available in both English and Spanish

    Spanish-speaking Idahoans may be happy to hear they can now access the “Starting a Specialty Food Business” Manual in Spanish. The popular manual was updated again in 2018. Electronic copies of both the English and Spanish versions are available on ISDA’s website, found here. Physical [...]
  • December 13, 2018 - Local Foods Promoted throughout the State in 2018 Retail Roadshow

    Walmart, Albertsons, Stokes, Swensons, Atkinsons and Broulims markets participated in the second annual Idaho Preferred Retail Roadshow to promote local products and Idaho farmers. The Roadshow kicked off in August and ran through September and visited 23 different retail locations from Coeur d [...]
  • December 13, 2018 - Give Idaho Inspired Gifts This Holiday Season

    Are you struggling to find the perfect gift this year? We have a solution- Give Local! Support local farmers and support your local community with a homemade locally themed gift basket. Idaho Preferred participants have made giving local easy this season with a variety of creative gift bask [...]
  • December 13, 2018 - Idaho Celebrated Farm to School Month

    Schools throughout Idaho celebrated Idaho Farm to School Month in conjunction with National Farm to School Month. Schools were encouraged to participate in a weekly theme featuring fresh, local ingredients. This year the products highlighted were grapes, melons, apples, and, of course, potatoe [...]
  • December 12, 2018 - Specialty Crop Grants Support Idaho Projects

    Specialty crop projects across Idaho were recently awarded funding from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program after being selected for funding through the Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s competitive review process. The State of Idaho allocated $1,831,794.62 to projects that improv [...]
  • December 12, 2018 - Expand your Sales by Exhibiting in the Idaho Pavilion at the 2020 Winter Fancy Food Show

    Specialty food companies that are ready to expand sales to a larger audience of domestic and international buyers are encouraged to join the Idaho Pavilion at the Specialty Food Association’s 2020 Winter Fancy Food Show. The show will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, [...]
  • December 12, 2018 - Idaho Pavilion to Promote Idaho Products at Taste of the Northwest Show

    Idaho food and beverage companies will be promoting their products in an Idaho pavilion at the 2019 Taste of the Northwest show January 14th-16th in Portland, Oregon. This show is an opportunity for food and beverage companies in Idaho to meet with buyers from around the northwest. Taste of th [...]
  • December 12, 2018 - Export Market Update Seminar Presented by Idaho’s Trade Office Managers

    On, January 8, 2019 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., learn about the numerous changes to the international trade landscape in 2018 at an Export Market Update seminar featuring Idaho’s Trade Office Managers.  New and retaliatory tariffs are altering trade conditions, consumer preferences, and market access [...]
  • December 10, 2018 - Take Advantage of FundMatch to Leverage Your Export Dollars

    Could you use funding for international advertising, approved trade shows and outbound trade missions, travel, in-store demonstrations and displays, labels and packaging modifications, printed sales materials, translations, and other export expenses? Does your company qualify under the Small Busi [...]
  • July 27, 2018 - First Equine West Nile Case of 2018 Confirmed

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) Animal Health Laboratory has confirmed its first equine case of West Nile Virus this year. The affected horse is located in Owyhee County and is under the treatment of a veterinarian. The most common signs of WNV in horses are fever and weakness, u [...]
  • July 3, 2018 - ISDA REMINDS BOATERS TO CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) Invasive Species Program is reminding boaters to take precautions this holiday week to avoid transporting invasive species, such as quagga and zebra mussels. The introduction of invasive species into Idaho could damage water use by native species, [...]
  • June 28, 2018 - Seventeen Projects Included in Idaho’s Application for Specialty Crop Grant Funding

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) selected 17 specialty crop projects for the 2018 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program application. The 17 projects totaled over $1.8 million. Since 2009, ISDA has funded more than 120 projects totaling $11 million. This year, the ISDA received r [...]
  • April 27, 2018 - Idaho Preferred Retail Road Show

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s Idaho Preferred Program will be celebrating the start of the planting season and Idaho-grown nursery products with the 2018 Spring Nursery Retail Road Show. The Road Show will promote locally grown plants, trees, flowers and other nursery products. Event [...]
  • March 22, 2018 - ISDA to Host WPS Train-the-Trainer Sessions

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) announced the schedule today for upcoming Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Train-the-Trainer sessions throughout Idaho. Significant changes to the WPS went into effect on January 1, 2018. The federal WPS regulation directly affects operators of far [...]
  • March 21, 2018 - 2018 SPECIALTY CROP GRANT APPLICATION NOW OPEN

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) announced today that applications for the 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program are now open. The ISDA anticipates receiving $1.6 million to $1.9 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for awards to qualified projects that improve th [...]
  • March 12, 2018 - Cull Onion Disposal Deadline Approaching

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) issued a reminder today that Idaho’s cull onion disposal deadline is March 15. The deadline is set in Idaho rule and applies to Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Owyhee and Washington counties. Culls are onions deemed to be waste or to be unsuitable for [...]
  • March 1, 2018 - Idaho Recognizes Weights & Measures Week

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) kicked off today Weights and Measures week in Idaho as proclaimed by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. Weights and Measures Week is intended to recognize the efforts of dedicated professionals who ensure that all weights and measures meet national s [...]
  • February 8, 2018 - Neuropathogenic Equine Herpes Virus Confirmed in Idaho Horses - Updated 2/8/18 a.m.

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has received confirmation of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) diagnosed in horses on a premises in Jerome County and a premises in Gooding County. Both premises are privately owned and now are under quarantine. EHM is caused by a neurop [...]
  • September 22, 2017 - FDA Food Safety Tour

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) jointly concluded a regional tour organized for agricultural producers and representatives of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) and Center for [...]
  • March 21, 2017 - Fouled Watercraft Interception

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s (ISDA) Invasive Species Program announced the interception and impoundment on Monday of a mussel-fouled watercraft at the U.S. Highway 93 inspection station. The intercepted watercraft was put under an ISDA hold order and is under quaranti [...]
  • March 6, 2017 - ISDA Hosts Seminar to Provide Outlook on Idaho Food and Agriculture Exports

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture will be hosting a seminar on the global outlook for Idaho food and agriculture exports this Wednesday, March 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Grove Hotel in Boise. The keynote speaker will be trade expert Joe Glauber, Ph.D., Senior Resea [...]
  • February 17, 2017 - 2017 Specialty Crop Grant

    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) announced today that applications for the 2017 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program are now open. The ISDA anticipates receiving $1.6 – $1.9 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for awards to qualified projects that improve the c [...]
  • February 15, 2017 - Cull Onion Disposal Deadline

    Severe winter weather prompted the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) to issue a temporary rule suspending the statewide March 15th deadline for cull onion disposal. Under the temporary rule – which goes into effect immediately – onions must be disposed of through an app [...]
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