Shelleyites celebrate spuds and their hometown

Tanner Winward, a member of the Shelley cross country team, wears the face of defeat after being pulled into the potato pit during the Spud Tug Saturday afternoon at Spud Days in Shelley, Idaho. The pit was filled with 2000 lbs of potato flakes and 1100 gallons of water that had been mixed in a cement truck.

Potato lovers will be “on top of the world” today at the 86th annual Idaho Spud Day in Shelley.

Collector sells vintage machines on Iowa farm

Members of the Amish community turned out Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, for Rudy and Sara Gingerich's auction near Hazleton, in northeast Iowa. The binders and threshing machines sold Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, by Rudy and Sara Gingerich represented the peak of agricultural technology in its day. The machines were the forerunners of today's combines. (AP Photo/Waterloo Courier, Dennis Magee)

HAZLETON, Iowa (AP) — An Amish collector’s sale of antique farming equipment has drawn prospective bidders from as far away as Canada to northeast Iowa.

USDA boosts corn, soybean harvest to new records

In this Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 photo, soy beans, foreground, and corn grow in a field in Springfield, Neb. The nation's corn and soybean farmers will bring in by far the largest harvest ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The nation’s corn and soybean farmers will bring in by far the largest harvest ever this year, the USDA said in a new report late last week.

Groups eye lawsuit to halt predator control

A wolf leaps across a road into the wilds of central Idaho north of Salmon. Four conservation groups are considering a lawsuit to stop predator control to save livestock and crops. (AP Photo/Douglas Pizac, File)

BOISE — Four conservation groups that contend that federal officials in Idaho are violating environmental laws by killing predators and other wildlife to protect livestock and crops have taken the

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