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Beth Markley

Beth Markley has written 247 posts for el.e.men'tal Idaho

09/07/16 – Farms in Idaho (encore episode)

Next month, the Treasure Valley Food Coalition kicks off a yearlong effort to raise awareness about the importance of preserving farmland in Idaho. A couple of years ago, the movie Farmland was screened in Boise, and we were able to talk to a couple of the panelists from that event, and about the status of farmland … Continue reading

8/31/16 – A Family Adventure Through America’s National Parks 

Earlier this month, the children of Maureen and Chris Welcker started a new year of school, but last year at this time, they were preparing for a different family adventure with a plan to visit as many national parks as possible. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, we talked about their yearlong adventure to visit as many … Continue reading

08/24/16 – The Farm To School Program (encore episode)

In the Boise School District and elsewhere in Idaho, the Idaho Farms to School Program has brought local produce and other products to the school lunch menu. In this rebroadcast from last year, Heidi Martin with the Idaho Department of Education and Leah Clark with the Idaho Department of Agriculture join me with Peggy Bodnar, Director … Continue reading

8/17/16 – Coping with Wildfire Season (encore episode)

Last spring, Idaho fire experts and others gathered for the 4th Annual Southwest Idaho Wildfire Mitigation Forum in Boise. The forum provides an opportunity for regional stakeholders in wildfire mitigation to meet, network and to share their latest efforts in wildfire mitigation. In this rebroadcast from May, Ivy Dickinson from Idaho Firewise and BLM’s Jennifer … Continue reading

8/10/16 – The Threat of the Japanese Beetle (encore episode)

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, we discussed one of the top insect threats to Idaho, the Japanese beetle, which has already infested most of the eastern quarter of the US, and has now making a stand in our own state. Entomologist Dr. Paul Castrovillo was our guest on this program, an encore episode from last summer … Continue reading

8/3/16 – Idaho’s Water Resources (encore episode)

Last week there was an AP story about State officials proposing an East Snake River Plain Aquifer Groundwater Management Area, the function of which would be to formulate a plan where farmers and other groundwater users would be subject to limitations on how much they consume. Officials say that recent water calls have led to crisis … Continue reading

7/27/16 – Summer is the time for invasives (encore episode)

Summer is when we travel, hike, boat, explore. It’s also when invasive plant and animal species spread.  What can people do as they’re taking advantage of some of the great summer recreational opportunities Idaho has to offer?  Lloyd B. Knight, Administrator of the Division of Plant Industries of the Idaho Department of Agriculture, Roger Batt, Statewide … Continue reading

07/20/16 – Seeds and Seed Saving

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, I visited with Casey O’Leary of Earthly Delights farm, as we explored the role of seeds in human history as well as the state of seeds in the US and beyond. We talked about the amazing abilities of seeds and the various strategies humans are employing to protect them against … Continue reading

7/13/16 – All About Bees

Today on our program, we’ll learn all about honeybees in this encore airing of our interview with local beekeeper and expert, Steve Sweet who spills his guts about beekeeping, threats and challenges, bee behavior, and trends in honeybee populations. This program originally aired last year. You can listen to that broadcast here.

7/6/16 – Boise River Songbirds

This month, staff and volunteers with the Intermountain Bird Observatory at BSU are conducting Boise River Songbird Banding. This is the second year of research at the IBO Boise River station, an “outdoor laboratory” where students conduct investigations of habitat and vegetation, water quality, insects, or bird life. Heidi Ware, Education and Outreach Director of the observatory, joins us to … Continue reading