Part-time farmers, full-time dads

Becky Cook / for Farm & Ranch
Richard Johnson runs the tractor laying down drip irrigation hose while his son, Connor, makes sure it is laid straight in their field near Groveland. Johnson teaches his kids how to handle life's problems while working together on their farm.

While farm families carved out much of the early life in the West, few here still make their primary living from the land. There are those, however, who keep a farm going on the side while the primary bread winner — usually Dad — works a nonfarm job.

Therapeutic riding group hosts workshops

Joyce Scott / for Farm & Ranch
From left, Pippa Hodge, a physical therapist with the American Hippotherapy Association, demonstrates a riding position for Taylor Myers while occupational therapist Celeste Coldwell watches during a workshop hosted by Whitewater Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Association early this month in Salmon.

SALMON — Whitewater Therapeutic and Recreational Riding hosted two American Hippotherapy Association Workshops throughout a six-day period early this month.

Hazards of spring launch 2016 sugar beet cycle

Stephen Reiss / Times-News
Clockwise from left, Daniel, Ron and Shala Hepworth, with granddaughter Adelaide Jo Andersen and Wyatt and Presley Hepworth at their Murtaugh Home. The stability of income from sugar beet farming is a key reason the Hepworths can live a lifestyle tied to the land.

MURTAUGH — It’s a typical spring day in the life of a farmer.

Dairy inspectors give close scrutiny

Becky Cook / for Farm & Ranch
Generally cows are kept in clean environments to ensure that their milk continues to meet clean, healthy standards. Field inspectors attempt to ensure the quality of milk dairies produce.

As part of the dairy inspection process, dairies come under scrutiny several times a year and strict standards need to be met before the milk can be shipped to a processor.


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