Gender-selected semen popular in eastern Idaho

Jerald Raymond, a regional beef specialist for Select Sires, examines straws of semen in his liquid nitrogen tank. Raymond covers the states of Idaho, Utah, Montana, Nevada and western Wyoming, but his business is primarily in eastern Idaho.

The desired gender of calf can be crucial to a producer’s bottom line, especially for marketing and production purposes.

Turkey farmer branches out to raising chickens

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, OCT. 19 - In this photo taken on Oct. 9, 2014, Bill Bevans poses for a portrait in one of the barns of his turkey farm north of Waverly, Neb. Bevans produces hundreds of thousands of turkeys on two properties, one north of Waverly and the other south, but the market for the birds has reached a limit, he told the Lincoln Journal Star. (AP Photo/The Journal-Star, Dan Little) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; KOLN-TV OUT; KGIN-TV OUT; KLKN-TV OUT

LINCOLN, Neb. — Bill Bevans is a turkey guy.

Artisanal ciders give growers new revenue stream

In this Oct. 14, 2014 photo, Perry Loyola sorts apples before they are pressed for juice and used for cider at Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, N.Y. Apple growers are tapping into the hard cider revenue stream after sales of hard cider in the U.S. have tripled over the last three years to $1.3 billion in 2013. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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Oregon ranch family stays true to tradition

In this Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 photo, Don Kingery Jr. stands near cattle on the Kingery Ranch near Yoncalla, Ore. The ranch, located in Scotts Valley was designated as a Century Ranch several years ago. "Its a priority to keep the ranch in the family," said Kingery, 59, who was raised on the ranch, left it for other work and then returned to ranching in 1997. (AP Photo/The News-Review, Craig Reed)

YONCALLA, Ore. — Don Kingery Jr. feels some pressure as he works and manages the Kingery Ranch.

San Diego Padres player doubles as pumpkin farmer

In this Oct. 13, 2014, photo, Jake Goebbert, a Hampshire, Ill., high school graduate and an outfielder with the San Diego Padres, steps down after starting a tractor on the family pumpkin farm in Hampshire. Goebbert is back in Hampshire as operations manager on the farm in the off season. (AP Photo/Northwest Herald, H. Rick Bamman) MANDATORY CREDIT

HAMPSHIRE, Ill. — The unofficial tour guide has replaced his usual work headwear, the navy baseball cap with white interlocking “SD,” with one more indigenous.

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