Last summer, Merrisa Schwartz completed a year as secretary of the Idaho 4-H State Teen Association, and this summer she’s completed her 4-H volunteer certification and works as a summer 4-H assistant at the University of Idaho’s Canyon County 4-H Extension office in Caldwell.

One day Katelyn McCausey’s mom brought home a couple of 4H lambs for her and her older sister Brianna to raise and show in 4H.

Skylar Schoenecker has finished her third year in 4H, and among a variety of other projects, she raised a wild duck.

Riding horses, belonging to 4H, and the National Junior High School Rodeo Association, helps Payton Woodard deal with a health issue.

MACKAY — Despite fewer participants and attendees at this year’s Custer County Fair because of the coronavirus, volunteers pushed on and held the fair for “the people that wanted to be here,” according to University of Idaho Extension Educator Sarah Baker.

Caitlin Okeson is a veteran of 4-H day camps taught at the Bonneville County 4-H office.

AMERICAN FALLS — Despite the coronavirus putting a halt to many events in the area, the Power County Fair continued to trot along with several of its shows and events that started on Monday and will continue on until Friday.

Kiley Roberts is looking forward to seeing the next president of the United States take the oath of office in Washington, D.C., this January.

Lucy Okeson enrolled in a recent baking and cooking 4-H day camp because she wanted to learn more about baking which is one of her favorite activities.

SALT LAKE CITY — Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHDV2), is a highly fatal disease that affects rabbits. The fatal sickness has been spreading across the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico and has now been detected in Utah.

Sharae Jones took a baking and cooking day camp to learn more about baking at home.

RIGBY — The Jefferson County Fair is set to move forward for Aug. 10 to Aug. 15 in order to get 4-H participants ready for state, despite the COVID-19 outbreak.

Last year, Ian Hurst earned the Agriculturist Award by scoring enough points over course of a few years in all six livestock categories at the Bonneville County Fair.

In her young life, Makinley Curtis has taken on five different 4-H projects in Jefferson and Bonneville counties, and this year, she’ll add a sixth.

Shooting sports and horse projects keep Piper Palmer involved in 4-H all year long since shooting sports are taught in the winter and extend to the summer and horse projects which are mainly a summer activity.

Sofi Creager overcame a hesitation about riding unfamiliar horses and now helps others overcome their fears, too.

Last summer, Merrisa Schwartz completed a year as secretary of the Idaho 4-H State Teen Association, and this summer she’s completed her 4-H volunteer certification and works as a summer 4-H assistant at the Canyon County 4-H Extension office in Caldwell.

Pushing cattle in Southeast Idaho’s high country and 4-H have helped Jyllian Christensen become a better rider and contributed to her winning the 2019/2020 War Bonnet Roundup Princess title.

Ashlynn Hill’s 4-H involvement led her to participate in high school rodeo and rodeo queen contests. She went on to be crowned the 2019-2020 War Bonnet Roundup Teen Queen.

Thanks to some kids with an imagination, a family who loves him and modern technology, Bruce the Goose has a new lease on life.

Greenlee Christensen is following in her sister’s footsteps by being in 4-H and competing in rodeo queen contests.

BONANZA, Oregon — Kendra Rodgers, with Twin Valley Sheep Club, held a bleating, 2-week-old South Down lamb in her lap Wednesday afternoon as she sat near the sheep pen at the 34th Annual Farm Expo, hosted at Klamath County Fairgrounds.

If you ask 13-year-old Morgan Wilson to name her favorite animal, she’d have a difficult time picking just one.

Participating in 4-H projects and rodeo queen contests complement each other, says Olivia Lerwill.

For an FFA team to qualify to compete at nationals, members must place first in their event at the state level. In Idaho, FFA members are given the opportunity to compete in two state events each year.

Colena Dorcheus of Rexburg began 4-H as a Cloverbud, showing chickens and goats, but with the help of her leader, Karisa Cutright, she’s showing horses.

This fall, Mattson Thompson of Shelley will pursue a college degree as a surgical technician with the help of a $6,000 scholarship and several other scholarships.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A U.S. Forest Service plan released Friday would reduce designated sage grouse habitat in Wyoming and Nevada while easing grazing rules intended to protect the ground-dwelling birds in five Western states.

WASHINGTON (AP) — China decided Monday to meet President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat with defiance, letting its currency drop to an 11-year low and halting purchases of U.S. farm products.

Reigning as queen of That Famous Preston Night Rodeo is McKenna Ward, from Burley. Her first attendant is Taylor Hymas, of Ovid, and second attendant is Hadley Seeds from West Point, Utah.

That Famous Preston Night Rodeo Committee is $300,000 closer to their goal to enlarge the capacity of and improve their arena. Local grocery store owner Larry Stokes and his children have pledged $300,000 toward the effort.

The Albany County Fair, hosted July 23 through Aug. 3, is an opportunity for young people to work with their hands, spend time in the warm summer weather and improve their skills before they go back to sitting in desks for nine months. With so many different categories of competition, Albany…

WASHINGTON (AP) — An ardent critic of the federal government who has argued for selling off almost all public lands has been named the Trump administration’s top steward over nearly a quarter-billion federally controlled acres, raising new questions about the administration’s intentions for …