At just 9 years old, Akeelah Gonzalez has already charted out a career. She wants to raise horses and compete with them.
On Sept. 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed. As dictated by Article VII, the document would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states. On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the document, and it was subsequently agreed that government…
IDAHO FALLS — For half a century, Joyce Thiel has made every day of potato harvest like a holiday for her workers.
There are some beautiful colors in nature during all seasons: Do you remember when people used to go to “color analyzers” to see which colors were best for them to wear? These colors would be in groups of spring, summer, fall and winter.
BOISE — The J.R. Simplot Company has partnered with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to open approximately 10,000 acres of the company’s private property in southeast Idaho’s highlands for hunting, fishing and recreation use. This opportunity comes through the property’s enrollment in I…
From a distance it looked like some garbage had blown into Neal Andrus’ corral on County Line Road in Jefferson County on a recent afternoon. When Andrus went to retrieve it, he found it wasn’t garbage at all but a large, black hog sleeping in the sun.
POCATELLO — Idaho solidified its spot as the nation’s No. 1 barley-producing state in 2020 despite early season estimates that total barley production in the Gem State would decrease this year.
The Mink Creek watershed supports a wide variety of recreation uses with many quality trails and camping spots close to home in Pocatello.
ARBON VALLEY — Dale Tubbs paused to appreciate the splendor of the sun rising over the yellow quaking aspen trees and the contrasting dark-green junipers on a recent morning at his Bull Canyon Ranch.
AMMON — Residents hand-picked 1,480 pounds of red, gold, purple and brown potatoes from dark, rich soil dug by an antique machine here recently.
Taylor Cannon is interested in a career in horse training.
As president of Shelley High School’s FFA chapter, Collin Kelley has a full schedule planned for the chapter this year.
A friend of ours, Howard Harrington, once said: “Fire and water are good servants but poor masters.”
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.
If you want to wear your brand on your shirt get ahold of the Shelley High School FFA Chapter.
Phillip Broome is active in both 4-H and FFA.
Fall brings memories of school days gone by! One memory focusses on the fall after I graduated from high school. School started the first of September and the first morning of school that fall I stood at our door watching the school bus go past our home without stopping or even slowing down.…
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.
Good morning! I’m sitting at the kitchen table overlooking the lake at our condo in Big Sky Montana. It is snowing this morning and what a peaceful setting this is! We love going out on our deck and feeding the ducks bread, watching people in canoes on the lake, and sometimes seeing moose or…
POCATELLO — The University of Idaho and the Idaho Potato Commission are working out logistics of moving a couple of major events for potato farmers in southeast Idaho to a remote format, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Intermountain Packing recently filed plans with the city to build a meatpacking processing plant on the south side of Iona Road between Holmes Avenue and North 15 East. The project will consist of a 50,000-square-foot plant on nine acres of land with a total capital investment of $20 million…
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.
Shelley farmer Bart Wattenbarger was banking on a strong market to help him recover from a widespread early season freeze last fall that destroyed about 30% of his potato crop.
A meatpacking processing plant is seeking incentives to build on the south side of Iona Road between Holmes Ave and North 15 East. The project will consist of a 50,000-square-foot plant on 9 acres of land with a total capital investment of $20 million. Construction is currently projected to …
“Virtual trade teams keep wheat farmers, overseas customers connected,” caught my eye as I glanced at the August 7th edition of a regional agricultural publication.
The National Park Service, in partnership with the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, a division of the Idaho State Historical Society, has added three Idaho properties to the National Register of Historic Places.
SODA SPRINGS — A farmer who raises dry-land grain in Caribou County said a Saturday morning fire destroyed his shop, as well as a truck filled with grain, farm equipment and new and vintage vehicles that were inside of it.
Caitlin Okeson is a veteran of 4-H day camps taught at the Bonneville County 4-H office.
A top official with the federal Bureau of Land Management signed a land exchange agreement Wednesday intended to continue phosphate fertilizer processing at J.R. Simplot Co.’s Don Plant near Pocatello for decades to come.
POCATELLO — The U.S. government has agreed to pay a local family $38,500 and admit it was negligent three years after a 14-year-old member of the family watched his dog die when an M-44 “cyanide bomb” exploded on the hillside behind their home east of Pocatello.
CHUBBUCK — The new Chubbuck Farmers Market is doing well in its first few weeks of existence, according to manager Wichita Blundell.
This is the time of year when there are a lot of family reunions going on. Those reunions are important in order to keep in touch with family, near and far. It brings a family closer together as they gather and visit, play games, eat and share memories. These reunions can be a three or four …
University of Idaho Extension cereals pathologist Juliet Marshall was initially pessimistic about East Idaho’s grain crops, as many fields were set back by early season frost and an extremely wet spring.
U.S land managers have approved a final plan for expanding an open-pit phosphate mine in southeastern Idaho proposed by the J.R. Simplot Company.
Wagener Ranch LLC near McCammon will be recognized for its longevity by the Idaho State Historical Society and Idaho Department of Agriculture on Saturday, according to ranch co-owner Mary Spinner.
PINGREE — Karen and Randy Reed got out of the commercial herb business after a mischievous raccoon chewed a wire and killed power to cooling fans inside of their greenhouse.
A ground-breaking ceremony was hosted Thursday afternoon for the planned Frigitek Cold Storage facility, which will be located in the business park at the Pocatello Regional Airport.
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.
“The hills are alive with the sound of music...” How about “The farms are alive with the sounds/aromas/visions of harvest.” Yes, harvest time is upon us. As you look around you can see hay bales in the fields and hay stacks being erected close to cattle enclosure. The air is full of the swee…
Riders have been practicing their riding skills before the first horse show in a series of shows in the Central Idaho Open Horse Show Association for kids and adults.
POCATELLO — A local veterans service organization has established a new military honor guard, which received a sizable donation Wednesday from Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Idaho.
Richard Johnson’s corn crop is progressing well and Sam Reed’s dairy cows are still producing plenty of milk for making his family’s famous ice cream.
There was a whole lot of shaking going at a 4-H Baking and Cooking Day Camp when eleven kids made ice cream without a machine.
Because Mary Swore’s older siblings were in FFA, to Mary, it feels like she’s been in the organization for a long time.
Ron Randall raised his family hauling milk, and today, his son Steve and grandsons are carrying on the family business.
PRESTON — At a time when dairies are sharpening their pencils to stay in business and others are simply selling their herds, Jordan and Mandy Darrington have started up Udderworld Dairy on Hot Springs Road.
During Addison Hurst’s first year in 4-H as a Cloverbud, she raised a Boer goat named Spot.
Sharae Jones took a baking and cooking day camp to learn more about baking at home.
As I was driving into Idaho Falls the other morning when it was raining hard, I got to thinking of how I loved rainy days. I was born and raised on the farm and loved that life! We never went on vacations like some people did, but if we had a rainy day where it rained enough to stop work in …
It’s hard to believe the amount of farming that can be observed by looking out the windows of the house. At the ranch, the area where the men work is large and spread out. It helps to be able to see the dust of their vehicles coming when it is time to serve a meal. It took me a few years to …
Alan Yan has been exploring a variety of subjects at American Falls High School in order to choose a career. He helps out his FFA chapter, manages the school’s greenhouse and works at his parent’s restaurant.
SODA SPRINGS — Regional fishery experts believe stream restoration projects done in partnership with cattle ranchers have helped make this spring one of the best on record for the Upper Blackfoot River’s migrating cutthroat trout.
Living and working on the farm and ranch teaches us many things. We may work all summer long: tilling; planting, weeding, irrigating; and then a hail storm can wipe out all of those hours of work with the result of no harvest! No, that’s not fun, not even pleasant nor fair, but that is life.…