Chickens hatching out all over as popularity grows

Rodney D. Boam / for Farm & Ranch
Backyard chicken coops are creeping into many neighborhoods across the country, and farm stores such as the Intermountain Farmers Association store in Preston are there to keep the flocks full.

PRESTON — As chick season ends for farm stores across the Intermountain area, Ken Palmer, Intermountain Farmers Association store manger in Preston said he has noticed more people are buying and raising chickens and other yard birds.

Irrigators face threat of curtailment

Courtesy of the Idaho Department of Water Resources
More than 400 groundwater irrigators in the East Snake Plain Aquifer region, according to the Idaho Water Users Association. The 2irrigators who haven't yet installed the meters have until June 1 or face water curtailment.

The April 1 deadline for installing flow meters on deep irrigation wells has passed and after June 1, groundwater users who have still not installed meters could face water curtailment, according to the Idaho Water Users Association.

Preston Flower shop builds high-tech greenhouse

Rodney D. Boam / for Farm & Ranch
Lee Hollingsworth and high school student Tately Talbot check the status of the flowers in the high-tech greenhouse Lee and husband, Jeff, recently finished.

PRESTON — Jeff and Lee Hollingsworth, of Edwards Floral in Preston, knew when they purchased the business in 2012 there would be some fix-ups and remodeling needed. However, they didn’t plan on replacing the 7,800-square-foot greenhouse with a new one.

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