Old harvest technologies converge in ranch visit

Kathy Corgatelli NeVille / for Farm & Ranch
Steve Smith on the tractor, at left, and his brother, Leon Smith, on the thresher, at far right, demonstrate to about 70 FFA members how a 1949-vintage grain thresher works at their ranch 20 miles north of Mackay.

DICKEY — While brothers Steve and Leon Smith fired up their grandfather’s 1949-vintage Case grain thresher before about 70 FFA students, Blackfoot ag teacher and FFA adviser Cameron Flaming live-streamed a video of it on Facebook with his smartphone.

Growers get going digging Idaho’s famous crop

Bill Bradshaw / freditor@postregister.com
Jared Fielding, co-owner of Hillside Farms, drives a potato combine harvesting russet Norkotah potatoes Monday in a field along Mountain View Road near the Goshen area east of Firth.

Idaho’s soil is about to give up its secrets when the harvest of its signature potato crop begins here in earnest shortly.

Big Idaho Potato Truck coming to eastern Idaho

The Big Idaho Potato Truck will be in Idaho Falls today and at the Idaho Spud Day festival in Shelley on Saturday.

(AP) — In celebration of the potato harvest and to support local Idaho potato growers and farms, two locally owned McDonald’s owner/operators are hosting major potato events at their restaurants this week featuring the Idaho Potato Commission’s Big Idaho Potato Truck.

Educating with animals

Kathy Corgatelli NeVille / for Farm & Ranch
Dylan Merritt stops to pet a qater buffalo named Ginger at the interactive animal exhibit Saturday at the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot. The exhibit includes about 120 animals and includes a yak, a giant pig and a large Texas longhorn steer. The hands-on exhibit is owned by Bunky and Connie Boger of Arkansas.

For 20 years, an Arkansas couple has hauled more than 200 animals from fair to fair between February and October, from Florida and Washington, educating children and their parents about the world’s animals.

4-H’ers show their stuff at EISF

Kathy Corgatelli NeVille / for Farm & Ranch
Sierra Silvas, 13, of Idaho Falls, crosses a bridge Saturday morning during the Eastern Idaho State Fair 4-H Horse Show Trail Class in Blackfoot.

BLACKFOOT — For two days, young riders from around eastern Idaho roped and sorted cattle, stepped over obstacles, opened and shut gates and executed sliding stops and spins at the Eastern Idaho State Fair 4-H Horse Show.

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