Christmas tree growers see strong season

Christmas tree shoppers haul their tree out of the woods after cutting it down. Indiana CHristmas tree growers are seeing the first good growing season in years. Joel Page / Associated Press file

FORTVILLE, Ind. — Christmas arrived early this year for tree farmers across the state, with local growers reaping the benefits of the first good growing season in years.

Feds buying some surplus cranberries

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A cranberry grower harvests his crop. The federal government has decided to spend $55 million to purchase surplus cranberries, but no action has been taken to keep the supply compatible with demand.

SALEM, Ore. — The federal government’s decision to spend $55 million on cranberries may dent a global glut, support prices and speed up payments to growers.

Farm Bureau marks 75th, honors members

Ben and Amy Gittens, seated in the center, are 2014 winners of the Idaho Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Achiever Award. The couple run a dairy farm in Franklin County. They won a Polaris OHV and an all-expense paid trip to San Diego in January to compete in the American Farm Bureau Federation Achiever Award Competition. Also pictured on the right is Idaho Farm Bureau outgoing Young Farmer and Rancher Committee Chairman Luke Pearce of New Plymouth, incoming Young Farmer and Rancher Chairman Cole Smith of Bear Lake County and Polaris District Sales Representative Andy Mills. Polaris donated the OHV.

Several eastern Idahoans were honored earlier this month when the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation celebrated 75 years as an organization during its annual convention in Boise, according to a news rele

Cattle herds go missing in Idaho

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Rising cattle prices have led to increased reports of missing cattle, particularly in eastern Idaho. These cattle are grazing east of Shelley in northern Bingham County. The sheriff's office there has received reports of 102 cattle missing.

BOISE — More than 150 cattle valued at about $350,000 have been reported missing in southeastern Idaho, and authorities suspect modern-day cattle rustling as beef prices have soared.

Screen Graphics prints anything, anywhere

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Screen Graphics Inc. employee Malinda Anderson operates an embroidery machine sewing a Falls Fertilizer logo to a T-shirt. Screen Graphics Inc. does a variety of printing and embroidery on everything from clothing to water bottles to banners and business cards.

Screen Graphics Inc. can print practically anything on clothing, hats, bags, towels, pillows, blankets, pens and water bottles — even banners.

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