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MENAN — As a child digging in the dirt, Preston Skaar probably never dreamed he would base a business around his childhood activity. With East Idaho Mini Excavator Services, the Menan man is exploiting a niche market and steadily building a profitable company.

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The television paralyzed watchers as the horrendous flames burned California to ashes. The governor in command puffed and pounded, claiming that he and his ENVIRO-DENY-ERS took NO BLAME, NO BLAME, NO BLAME!

PORTLAND, Ore. — Environmental groups in Oregon announced Monday they have withdrawn from talks on how to manage the state’s rebounding wolf population because of what they called a “broken” process, and concerns that state wildlife officials want to make it easier to kill wolves that prey o…

BEIJING — Three days of U.S.-Chinese talks aimed at ending a costly tariff battle wrapped up Wednesday in an optimistic atmosphere after President Donald Trump said they were “going very well!”

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Snow arrived early in some parts of Montana, but it didn’t keep coming. And, what snow that did come decided to skip the southern portions of some southwestern Montana river drainages.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A new Biological Assessment released this week by Bureau of Reclamation aims to help other federal agencies create a 2019 Biological Opinion that guides how to protect ESA-listed species in the Klamath Basin while also providing more certainty for On-Project irrigators …

REXBURG — Terry Wilcox, a local wheat grower, has “been recognized for achieving one of the highest 2018 wheat yields in the country,” according to a news release from WestBred.

TWIN FALLS — Idaho dairy farmers are pioneering a new program to educate and train employees on workplace safety and awareness on the job.

NAMPA — Hops production in Idaho, Washington and Oregon reached a record high in 2018, according to the USDA. Idaho has surpassed Oregon in total area harvested by 415 acres.

PRESTON — When growing grapes in southeast Idaho it is important to remember you are growing grapes in southeast Idaho (Not a typo nor did I stutter). We just don’t have the growing season for much variety. Don’t expect grocery store grapes to be grown in your backyard. However, we can get g…

WASHINGTON — The end of 2018 seemed to signal good things to come for America’s farmers. Fresh off the passage of the farm bill, which reauthorized agriculture, conservation and safety net programs, the USDA last week announced a second round of direct payments to growers hardest hit by Pres…

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — Some say a proposed bill to increase fines for animal cruelty is a step in the right direction while others say it is not enough.

BISMARCK, N.D. — The resumption of soybean sales to China last week is encouraging to American farmers who have seen the value of their crop plummet amid a trade dispute with the world’s second-largest economy, but producers see it only as a small step and say they need more federal aid.

Gray wolf OR-7’s Rogue Pack has killed another cow at a northeastern Jackson County ranch, marking the seventh confirmed livestock kill attributed to the pack since late October, authorities said.

BURLINGTON, Wash. — Pounding hooves could be heard at Butlerhill Equestrian Center as eight horses trotted Saturday toward a massive bouncy ball during a game of horse soccer.

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Peas from his 2018 harvest sit in storage at Clark Hamilton’s farm in Bonneville County. He is awaiting the outcome of international trade negotiations.

Taking ag classes at the Technical Careers High School in Idaho Falls and being involved in FFA is preparing Bonneville High School student Caleb Cramer for a future in farming and ranching.

A young, fallow deer buck was recently seen on the east side of Whitney, pleasantly grazing its way through a field.

DESHLER, Neb. — Reinke Manufacturing Co. has recognized Rain for Rent, with locations in Idaho Falls, Nampa and Paul, as well as locations in California and Arizona, as one of the top 10 highest-selling dealerships throughout the United States and Canada, in acknowledgment of the company’s m…