Idaho lawmakers close to setting budget for college of ag

As lawmakers prepare to set a fiscal year 2016 budget for University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, CALS Dean John Foltz is explaining to legislators how state funding for the college is helping Idaho’s farmers and ranchers. Foltz highlighted several research projects CALS scientists are working on that have or will benefit Idaho farmers and ranchers. CALS researchers have released 13 significant new potato varieties since 2004, Foltz said, and after the zebra chip disease was detected in potatoes in 2011, the college put together a 13-member team to address that issue. UI plant pathologists are also working on ways to prevent and control bacterial ring rot in potatoes, he said.


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