Brokenhearted, farmer donates $4M farm to 4-H

ADVANCE FOR USE SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014, AND THEREAFTER- This undated image provided by KARE-TV shows farmer Curt Chergosky in Lakefield, Minn. Chergosky decided to donate his farmland, valued at $4 million, to 4-H after his fiancee, Andrea Ruesch, suddenly died. Ruesch was a county 4-H coordinator. (AP Photo/KARE-TV, Jonathan Malat)

LAKEFIELD, Minn. — To a farmer there is no love like the love for his land. True for Curt Chergosky, until love landed him.

Mounted lawmen

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Sheriff Blair Olsen, leads the Jefferson County Stampede parade down Rigby's main street recently. Behind Olsen, from left are Cpl. Tyler Thompson carrying the county flag, Patrolman Justin Clements carrying the Idaho state flag, Cpl. Scott Wright and Sgt. Gayla Hernandez. The five-member team makes up the Jefferson County Mounted Deputies and are helping with safety, crowd control and search and rescue around the county.

RIGBY — Horseback patrols are back in Jefferson County, primarily as a law enforcement tool but also to promote community relations, preserve Western traditions and celebrate American patriotism.

Making hay

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Juan Billias moves freshly cut alfalfa hay into windrows for drying before it is baled Tuesday along 2600 East west of Roberts. Billias was working on the Bruce Stem farm.

Idaho hay could prove to be a valuable commodity this year.

“The hay crop is looking very good this first cutting,” Jay Fielding, from Firth, said.

Conservationists seek nonlethal wolf controls

FILE -- In this Sept. 2, 2012 photo provided by the Colville Confederated Tribes, a gray wolf rests on the Colville Indian Reservation near Nespelem, Wash. Two tribal wildlife biologists captured and collared the female wolf. Eight conservation groups recently filed a petition asking the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to require livestock producers to exhaust nonlethal measures to prevent wolf depredations before any wolves are killed. (AP Photo/The Colville Confederated Tribes, File)

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Eight conservation groups are complaining that it is too easy to kill wolves that attack livestock in Washington state.

High-tech irrigation systems give online control

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Harold Jones checks the app on his smartphone to demonstrate how he can remotely control the water delivered to his barley crop on his farm south of Ririe. He said the system allows him to monitor and adjust his irrigation, making it more efficient so he uses less water and gets a higher yield.

Harold Jones manages the irrigation of his 100 acres of barley in Ririe while working at his day job at Broulim’s in Rigby.

College has system to extract water from manure

In this May 21, 2014 photo released by Michigan State University, Jim Wallace and Steven Safferman are shown at a dairy farm where they have helped to convert manure into clean water. A technology for extracting drinkable water from manure is on its way to commercial application this year, Michigan State University said Thursday, May 29, 2014. The McLanahan Nutrient Separation System is an add-on to an anaerobic digester, which extracts energy and chemicals from manure. The system adds ultrafiltration, air stripping and a reverse osmosis system to produce water that’s clean enough for cattle to drink. (AP Photo/Michigan State University, G.L Kohuth)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A technology for extracting drinkable water from manure is on its way to commercial application this year, Michigan State University said May 29.

High tunnels extend Alaska’s growing season

Lee Hecimovich holds squash plants as he stands among tomatoes and artichokes already planted in his seasonal high tunnel on Friday, May 23, 2014, in Palmer, Alaska. The USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service offers financial assistance to growers using the tall hoop houses to extend growing seasons, and has awarded more funding to Alaska for them than any other state. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

PALMER, Alaska (AP) — Stephanie and Jim Gaiser take their cues for living from the Bible, which says that when God created man, he put him in a garden.

Farmers, food companies work on sustainability

Ray Gaesser talks about cover crops in a bean field on his farm, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, near Corning, Iowa. U.S. companies relying on farmers for the raw materials in their products must take a more active role in ensuring the crops are grown in a way that minimizes damage to water, soil, and environment, a new report released Wednesday said. Gaesser, who farms 6,000 acres of corn and soybeans, said most farmers are willing to adopt new measures if they are shown to be beneficial to the land and water and do not reduce productivity. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S.

Rigby library to start seed library for community

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Sam Tower looks over some garlic plants at his home in Rigby. Tower learned how to garden from his parents and he and his wife, Kimber, are passing gardening skills down to their children. Tower enjoys trading seeds and plants with others. He got these garlic plants from a Menan-area farmer.

RIGBY — Among shelves full of books, magazines and DVDs, there are packets of vegetable, fruit and herb seeds waiting to be checked out at the Rigby Public Library.

Dairymen back ‘ag-gag’ law; don’t want to be misrepresented

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Labelle dairy farmer James Bazil's 60 cows are fed by hand twice daily, allowing Bazil to monitor each cow's appetite and overall health status. His cows' diet consists of high-quality alfalfa, a grain mix and a molasses-based supplement.

RIGBY – James Bazil, a Labelle-area dairyman, calls his 60 milk cows his pets.

“(My wife) would tell you they’re more important than she is sometimes,” he said.

Rescued calf gets new high-tech prosthetics

Kitty Martin, right, snuggles Hero after he was fitted with new prosthetic legs Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Houston. Martin rescued the abandoned calf from a Virginia farm a year ago, brought him to Texas and got him permanent prosthetics to replace back hooves that had to be amputated because of frostbite. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON — Hot and tired from a three-hour drive inside a trailer behind a pickup truck, the 600-pound English Charolais calf was content to lay on the grass behind a south Houston building while a

WWII vet recalls homesteading in Bone area

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World War II veteran and longtime Bone-area farmer and rancher Ira Judy walks around in the Ozone Cemetery near his childhood home in the Bone area. Judy is the last of 10 children born to William Aaron Judy and Mary Ann Ward, who were one of 24 families to homestead in the Ozone area in Bonneville County more than 100 years ago.

At age 94, Ira Judy’s wife, Marva, drives when they go to Idaho Falls, but when they go to Ozone to check on his property, Judy takes the wheel.

Modern tech used to put cattle up for auction online, on satellite TV

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Western Video Market representative Matt Thompson videos cattle in a pasture in the Bone area that will be auctioned to cattle buyers around the country on satellite TV and the Internet. Western Video Market has been in the business since 1989.

Technology is changing the way large cattle herds are bought and sold.

USDA: U.S. corn yields to offset lesser acreage

In this Saturday, May 3, 2014 photo, central Illinois corn and soybean farmer Michael Mahoney races against a setting sun to plant seed corn in Ashland, Ill. A U.S. government report says the nation's corn growers should have banner production this year despite lesser acreage devoted to the grain. But corn prices later in the year may suffer a bit. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)


Marketing becomes important to farms

In this April 4, 2014 photo, Henry Brockman prepares to transfer shiso seedlings into growth medium while working in his greenhouse near Congerville, Ill. His produce operation sells by subscription, locally. Marketing online and in person has become more important for small farms. Since small farmers compete with large grocery chains, branding and marketing their farm and maintaining relationships with customers is an important part of business. (AP Photo/The Pantagraph, David Proeber)

CONGERVILLE, Ill. — Congerville farmer Henry Brockman admits he doesn’t understand Facebook.

School ag programs flourish as farms dwindle

Matthew Davis, left, and Shannon Newerth study the habits of bugs with teacher Chris Kaufman during a Plant and Soil Science class at Beech Grove High School Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Indianapolis. High school agriculture programs sprouting across the nations Corn Belt are teaching teenagers, many of them in urban environments, that careers in the field often have nothing to do with cows and plows. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


Idaho guest ranches reinvent themselves

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Roley Schoonover moves the horses down to a lower pasture for the evening at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch outside of Sandpoint, Dozens of guest ranches, or dude ranches, are operating around the state. They offer Western vacations in picturesque small towns — from the quiet cabin stay with scenic day hikes, to the mud-and-sweat ranch-hand experience.

BOISE — Halfway through an interview with a reporter, Brad Ford mentioned why he’s a little distracted.

Inventor aims to put robots in vineyards

French inventor Christophe Millot demonstrates the Wall-Ye-France, billed as the world's first robotic vineyard pruner, near Carlton, Ore., on Monday, March 31, 2014. Cameras guide its actions, and software remembers every cut from season to season. Millot has another robot that shoos birds and deer away from grapes. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Dana Tims)

CARLTON, Ore.— A shear-wielding contraption billed as the world’s first robotic vineyard pruner put on a show to a rapt audience of winemakers and vineyard managers Monday in the hills above Carlto

Out of Africa

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Whitworth
Jonathan Whitworth of Aberdeen, with two assistants, at the Agricultural Development Corporation’s Enchili farm in Kenya.

Whether you’re a potato pathologist in Idaho or halfway around the world in Kenya, there are some practices common to both countries.

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