At the recent National 4H Shooting Sports Championships held in Grand Island, Nebraska, Sporter Air Rifle competitor Matigan Fitzgerald placed third individually overall.

I was born and raised in Ammon, which at that time was a quiet small farming community. When I was a teenager I became acquainted with youth from Idaho Falls area/ Our Idaho Falls friends referred to us as “hicks from the sticks.” We laughed at that with them, knowing we couldn’t argue with …

Just ask 11-year-old Clara Fondow about her 4H chickens, then sit back and enjoy a whole lot of information about them in a very short time.

As we were going to the ranch the other morning, pulling a trailer with cows and calves to summer pasture, Boyd, my husband, and I discussed the importance of the color green in our lives. We were noticing an acreage of ground that had been in the Conservation Reserve Program for many years.

Daybell Disappearance

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I got up this morning at 5:45 and just sat in the recliner in my living room, enjoying the peace and quiet of the farm. The birds start singing early, and that is such a beautiful and upbeat sound to start the day with. We did have a couple of cows bellering through the night and a dog barki…

When I was a child my dad would s take a taste of his food, and if he thought it needed salt he not only salted what was on his plate but every plate within his arm reach. So I developed a taste and love for salty food. We now often have salt blocks sitting in our garage in the valley ready …

Reunion time is something as children we always looked forward to every summer. Now, as adults we see how much work goes into getting a reunion organized, getting people involved, finding a place to hold it, organizing meals and entertainment, and sometimes even organizing places for people …

Texas longhorn semen and embryos from Dickinson Cattle Co., of Barnesville, Ohio, were selected to improve Israeli cattle. In those desert cattle operations, the longevity, disease resistance, calving ease, ability to browse and handle multiple predators were much-needed traits for the Israe…

Cattle breeds with big horns are thought to be challenging to work with; some people are afraid to handle them very much.

DRIGGS — The local nonprofit once known as Full Circle Education has officially changed its name to Mountain Roots Education. In an effort to clarify the distinction between the organization and the local Full Circle Farm, Mountain Roots Education is embracing a new moniker while continuing …

Spring is a time of new birth. The flowers immerge from the frozen earth in all of their glory. How I look forward to the first crocus and tulip. There are many baby animals born in the spring.

What is a ‘professional, and what qualifies one as such? In checking I find that a “professional” is a person who is: competent; efficient; experienced; licensed; qualified, and skillful. I wondered about my friends’ use of the word “professional.” And if we perhaps think differently.

GRACE — Justin Stoddard started making plans to host an on-site COVID-19 vaccination clinic for his staff back in early January, after seeing farm workers were among the high priority groups for receiving shots.

POCATELLO — Jody Bunker decided to take action a couple of years ago when he went to enroll his daughter in a 4-H archery program and discovered Bannock County didn’t have one.

Macey Lamb is in 4H and FFA where she raises market lambs and breeding ewes.

Hadlie Nef recalls her first experience with horses was at age 4 or 5 when she rode her grandpa’s old farm horse named Buddy around the stack yard at his Rexburg-area farm.

I was reading a book recently about a man and wife and their experience managing a lighthouse. A lighthouse is a tower with a bright light at the top, located at an important or dangerous place regarding travel over the water. The two main purposes of a lighthouse are to serve as a navigatio…

Bella Mickelsen holds two FFA positions. She’s the newest president of Madison High School’s FFA chapter, and a sentinel in the North Upper Snake River FFA District.

Washington, D.C. – A few weeks ago, I released a comprehensive concept to resolve the salmon, energy and dam issues that have created tension in the Northwest for decades. It is meant to provide security for all stakeholders, end lawsuits and give Idaho’s wild salmon and steelhead a chance f…

This is the second part in a three-part series about the Siddoway sheep ranch, focusing on the ranch’s bottom line. Part III, addressing labor challenges in the sheep industry, will run on March 26.

This is the first part in a three-part series about the Siddoway sheep ranch, focusing on the ranch’s origins. Part II, on finding ways to make ends meet, will run on March 12. Part III, addressing labor challenges in the sheep industry, will run on March 26.

BLACKFOOT — More potatoes are produced in Bingham County than any other county in Idaho and the United States and when it comes to spuds, Bingham is the center of the potato universe.

The snow that usually comes in December and January has finally arrived at our home, now the middle of February! We had doubts that it would come this year. This snow brings back memories.

As I stepped out onto our back porch/wash room the other day, I thought something smelled rotten or dead. I asked Boyd, my husband, to take the dog’s dishes out to the garbage and throw them away as maybe that was where the problem originated.

We seldom had visitors come to the ranch. When we were first up there in the late 1950s, we didn’t have any means of communication with people in “the valley.” We were 20 miles away from Iona with no phones. I never felt isolated though, and it was rare that we had company. Our neighbors, Re…