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Blackfoot High’s ag program getting more courses

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From left Crea Cronquist and Rainy Hastings plant zinna seeds in the greenhouse management class at Blackfoot High School. The students raise a variety of vegetables and flowers and sell them later this spring. Last year the students made about $2,500.

In just three years, the Blackfoot High School ag department has gone from one teacher to two because student enrollment has increased, along with membership in FFA.

Oregon dealing with pot overproduction

U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon Billy J. Williams, right, talks with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown before the start of a marijuana summit in Portland, Ore., Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Oregon's top federal prosecutor is holding the marijuana summit to hear how the state, law enforcement, tribal and industry leaders plan to address a pot surplus that he says has wound up on the black market in other states and is fueling crime. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s top federal prosecutor said Feb. 2 the state has a “formidable” problem with marijuana overproduction that winds up on the black market and that he wants to work with state and local leaders and the pot industry to do something about it.

Amish or not, horse sellers and buyers pony up

Men check out a horse before it goes up for auction in the small arena at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex Wednesday Jan.17, 2018 in Harrisburg, Pa. Amish from all over the country come to Harrisburg to buy and sell their massive draft horses and magnificent harness horses. The first major horse sale of the year also draws non-Amish horse fans, lured by the "Cadillac" quality of the animals, and vendors of everything from saddles to buggies to custom-made harnesses. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Amish men lead muscular horses across a concrete threshold, their straw hats only as high as the beasts’ shoulders, the clip-clop of huge hooves echoing loudly.

University gets $100K grant to update ag safety

Kyle Lammers climbs into his tractor to feed cattle Friday, Jan 19, 2018, in Hartington, Neb. In November of 1998, Lammers lost his left arm in a farming accident when he was 13 years old. (Ryan Soderlin/The World-Herald via AP)

OMAHA, Neb. — Farming in theory is a tranquil occupation of outdoor work and independence, and in practice it is perhaps the most dangerous profession of all.