Dairy owners bring labor plight to lawmakers

A line of Holstein dairy cows feed through a fence at a dairy farm outside Jerome. Immigrants are the chief labor source for Idaho’s dairies and some in the dairy are concerned that President Donald Trump’s plans to stem illegal immigration will cause a labor shortage.

Hans Nederend, the third-generation owner of Nederend Dairy near Marsing, mostly employs Latino immigrants for a simple reason: Idaho-born workers don’t want the jobs.

Unsafe transport leads to farmworkers’ death

In this July 15, 2016 photo, the parents and siblings of late Jose Rangel Chavez pose inside the new bedroom they built for him with the money he sent home from the U.S. as part of a guest worker program, in El Sabino, Mexico. Jose Rangel's father, Wenceslao Rangel Gutierrez, hobbled by untreated high blood pressure, can no longer provide for his family. "He was our only option," Jose's mother says of their oldest son. "The only hope we had." (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Jose Rangel Chavez and 18 other Mexican guest workers were dozing as their bus hurtled down Interstate 40 in a light rain. After nine months away from home, the 22-year-old was about to complete a meandering round trip of nearly 5,000 miles.

Madison FFA livestock team competes in Denver

Courtesy of Oakley Cheney
The Madison High School livestock juding team are, from left, Ryker Riley, Randy Clements, Oakley Cheney, Owen Wetzel and ag teacher and FFA adviser Shane Wetzel.

The first time the Madison FFA livestock team competed at the National Western Roundup in Denver last month they placed 11th overall, out of 44 FFA and 4-H teams from across the country.

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