When it comes to running a soil and water conservation district in the state of Idaho, administrative support staff are the vital people who coordinate projects, keep the books and generally serve as the glue holding district business together.
Recently, while driving to an early morning appointment my thoughts turned to how much I enjoy this time of the year! I love the nippiness of the air in the early mornings with frost on the ground and I need to wear a jacket or sweatshirt. Then, as the day progresses, I enjoy the warm aftern…
“Our Sage Gem Bantam chickens looked identical so we painted their toenails to tell which was which,” Daphne said.
Idaho barley farmers are being offered a lot more money to grow their crop next year.
On our way to the ranch there is an area where two trees grow out in the middle of a field. I don’t know what species of tree they are, but they are too small to be cottonwoods and aren’t quaking aspens. I always look for those when we are on that road. Sometimes, if cattle are grazing the f…
Madelynn Anderson plans to train a third Wild American mustang in 4H next year.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Three gray wolves from a large pack in Yellowstone National Park that’s popular among tourists have been killed by Montana hunters, park officials said Monday.
MALAD — Oneida County farmers and ranchers are still looking for answers to why two long-time and well-liked employees in the USDA’s Malad office were suspended and what that means for the county agricultural producers going forward.
Fall is coming, which means potatoes are getting ready to be harvested.
BLACKFOOT — The couple who started and have overseen The GARDEN at the Eastern Idaho State Fair for the past dozen years are retiring and moving to Moscow, leaving care of the site in the eastern part of the fairgrounds to area master gardeners.
Kalisi Griggs is following in her father, Zack Griggs’ footsteps in raising and showing livestock.
Brock Thompson has been raising market steers for two years now and this year will show and market a steer at the Madison County Fair and show a second market steer at the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot.
Kinley, 10, got into raising livestock in 4H because of her older sisters, Aly and KaLisi Griggs. The Griggs girls raise market sheep, pigs and steers. Kinley has raised market Suffolk cross sheep for three years now.
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Grain Craft announced on Tuesday plans to construct a grain elevator at the company’s Blackfoot, Idaho flour mill. The new elevator will receive local wheat and convey it directly into the mill. It is scheduled to be complete during fourth quarter of 2021.
Eleven-year-old Evelyn Burt of Lewisville is state fair bound.
Yes, that time of the year is upon us. How fast time flies! Many years ago this was a really busy time for me, getting seven children ready to go to school. I sewed a lot then, so shortly after July 24, my friend, Dena Johnson, and I would take a day off from the ranch and go to town looking…
Idaho Speaker of the House Scott Bedke has proposed using federal funding made available through the American Rescue Plan to bolster the state’s aquifer recharge efforts.
Members of The York Grange, founded in 1938, have made sizeable donations to two organizations in two East Idaho counties.
Since Aly Griggs got into raising livestock in 4H, she’s added another breed, and she’s even started her own goat herd.
Brahm Thompson has raised and shown market steers for two years now and seeks additional experience by showing them at various places in addition to the county fair in Rexburg.
Conrad Miller competed at the 4H Shooting Sports National Championships earlier this summer and has qualified to compete again next year.
We have been watching the Olympics and I am amazed at the stamina and strength of the young participants involved.
AMERICAN FALLS — Officials with Lamb Weston Holdings Inc. have announced plans to add a new french fry processing facility at their local plant.
At the recent National 4H Shooting Sports Championships held in Grand Island, Nebraska, Sporter Air Rifle competitor Matigan Fitzgerald placed third individually overall.
Elijah Spencer has qualified twice and competed once in the Junior Olympics since she discovered shooting sports four years ago in 4H.
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 …
PINGREE — Karen and Randy Reed recently discovered a natural miracle in one of the greenhouses in which they formerly raised hot house tomatoes and fresh herbs.
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.
SALMON — University of Idaho faculty, donors, local ranchers and residents gathered June 19 to celebrate the grand opening of a new headquarters serving a research center where livestock and forage are studied.
Several University of Idaho Extension cereals field days have been scheduled for late June and July.
The next Ag Talk Tuesday is scheduled for June 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
REXBURG — Antique tractors bring agricultural history to life.
In this country we buck hay, buck the system, buck up when times are tough, and now we “Buck COVID.”
The growing, processing and transportation of industrial hemp in Idaho is expected to be legal in time for the 2022 growing season.
Several Portneuf River watershed irrigators are reportedly in negotiations to develop a mitigation plan that would allow them to continue diverting water in the face of a delivery call by the Surface Water Coalition.
Ember Mendoza is the newest president of Rigby High School’s FFA chapter.
In Salmon, ranchers, hunters, a local church and a state agency work together to make sure families in need get plenty of protein in their diets.
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.
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 …
A children’s song addresses the subject of cooperation. Following is the first verse of this song:
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.
Three conservation organizations have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s 2019 approval of a Caribou County phosphate mine planned to supply ore for Bayer AG’s Soda Springs operations.
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 …
POCATELLO — Idaho mining industry officials believe a new state law governing construction of massive piles of waste rock from phosphate mining will clarify and strengthen safeguards aimed at protecting the environment.
This Saturday the normal vehicle traffic on Memorial Drive will be replaced by foot traffic as customers check out a selection of handmade decorations and locally made cheese.
By JAKOB THORINGTON
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.
Brooklyn Mendoza learns about livestock first hand in 4H and on the family feedlot.