ABERDEEN — Farmers throughout much of the state may be in for a weedy growing season, due to cold and rainy spring weather, a University of Idaho Extension weed expert said.

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I’m finally restocking my horse trailer for the summer’s trail rides. Each year I follow a check list of necessities and possibilities to be prepared for whatever surprises each situation presents. I’ve learned the necessity of several of these items because I was out in the middle of nowher…

Sean Macy had a “huge problem” 11 years ago. He and his wife Chantelle had started an orchard at their Fort Hall area farm and bought two beehives to pollinate the trees. The hives produced about 6 gallons of honey — too much for the family to use.

The skill and knowledge to successfully grow plants in your yard, garden or indoors takes trial, error and time. Many of us know people who seem to have green thumbs and can put a plant cutting in water on a windowsill and have it root out successfully with little effort.

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ABERDEEN — Farmers throughout much of the state may be in for a weedy growing season, due to cold and rainy spring weather, a University of Idaho Extension weed expert said.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have released their review on removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recreation and habitat for imperiled sage grouse.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Wolves are officially back in the Netherlands, two centuries after the animals were hunted to extinction in the country, after a pair produced a litter in the wild — news welcomed Thursday by conservationists.

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Millions of pigs have been culled in China and Vietnam as a U.N. food agency urges Asian governments to make containing virulent African swine fever their top priority.

If you like munching on seedlings, consider directing your palate toward microgreens. These tiny vegetables burst with rich, leafy flavors ranging from spicy to sweet, and their nutritional power exceeds that of the adult plants.

AMERICAN FALLS — In 2006, when Greg Andersen began managing Seagull Bay Dairy near American Falls, he hoped the dairy would be at the forefront of Holstein breeding trends nationally and internationally.

Flowering “bee lawns” that attract pollinators are a compromise between fastidious turf management and the more casual yard approach. They add biodiversity to the landscape and need less maintenance. That makes them cost-effective, too.

Many brands have mascots to help engage consumers with their products. Examples include Ronald McDonald, the Energizer Bunny, the Jolly Green Giant, Mr. Peanut — and I have no doubt you can name dozens of others.

I’m finally restocking my horse trailer for the summer’s trail rides. Each year I follow a check list of necessities and possibilities to be prepared for whatever surprises each situation presents. I’ve learned the necessity of several of these items because I was out in the middle of nowher…

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Forest Service to consult with other federal agencies about nearly two dozen water diversion projects in central Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley that could be harming salmon, steelhead and bull trout.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s wet spring and below-average temperatures the last three months will likely mean a later start for forest fires, but rangeland fires could be a problem as grasses dry out, a federal wildfire forecaster said Tuesday.

AURORA, Ore. (AP) — A unit of wheat is called a bushel, and a standard weight of potatoes is called a century. But hemp as a fully legal U.S. agricultural commodity is so new that a unit of hemp seed doesn’t yet have a universal name or an agreed-upon quantity.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming.

BLACKFOOT – There are many agricultural operations in Bingham County that carry the appellation “Family Farm,” and if that means one that’s handed down from father to son and operated with only family labor, the Hatch Dairy off Rich Lane is the epitome of the term.

Bethany Church sees similarities between archery and playing the violin.