According to Google, “20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet.”

POCATELLO — Understanding soil health will be a central theme of the upcoming 52nd annual Idaho Potato Conference and Trade Show, scheduled for Jan. 22-23 at Idaho State University’s Pond Student Union Building.

Mountain snowpack levels throughout Idaho entered January well below normal, but irrigators can breathe a bit easier thanks to a recent turn toward wetter weather and strong reservoir carryover.

Collin Kelley is treasurer of his FFA chapter this year and the experience — along with his participation in agriculture classes, agriculture competitions and Supervised Ag Experiences — has given him a well-rounded education.

BLACKFOOT — The local ranching family that runs Wooden Shoe Farms plans to enter their top bulls in the Super Bowl of livestock events, raising awareness about the elite genetics in their herd.

Idaho Fish and Game finalized two voluntary conservation easements on Dec. 18 at Rocky Point, south of Montpelier in Bear Lake County. The easements will permanently protect crucial migration areas for big game on more than 1,800 acres of land in Southeast Idaho.

BOISE — The Idaho Water Resource Board delivered a report to House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, on Dec. 18, summarizing the significant progress that’s been made toward meeting or exceeding milestones necessary to rebuild the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer to long-term sustainable levels.

Driving 20 hours from Iowa to Idaho for his induction into the Idaho Milk Processors Association Hall of Fame gave Gaylord Fowler plenty of time to reflect on a career that began in Grace and ended 46 years later in Blackfoot.

Farmers and ranchers from the tri-state area have been buying and selling at the Idaho Falls Livestock Auction since the first sale was held on Aug. 28, 1936. But the auction’s 83-year run ended when the last animal crossed the scale on Wednesday.

Becka Finn believes being involved in FFA and having taken numerous ag classes at Rigby High School is preparing her for a future in agriculture.

An Aberdeen company is hoping to expand the market for alfalfa hay by developing a new type of protein product. Green Gold Development, LLC received 40 hours of research expertise under Idaho National Laboratory’s Technical Assistance Program.

Christmas shopping is upon us now! Actually Christmas shopping has been with us all year since last Christmas. I have friends who shop the after-Christmas sales for their next Christmas season. That may work for them, but there are problems with me doing it that way.

Christmas 2019 is almost here. Hopefully, the shopping is done, the gifts are wrapped, and the rush is over. But realistically I don’t think this is the way it is for the majority of us.

As we start a new year with goals and resolutions, it’s good to take stock of where we have been and where we want to go. As we get older, we get a lot of advice from people both young and old:

The Chubbuck United Methodist Church, since the summer of 1996, has been growing — not in the typical sense with regards to its membership, but in a way that uses the gifts of its members to give back to the communities of Chubbuck and Pocatello.

DRIGGS — Farmers who divert from the Teton River Basin hope a new aquifer recharge pilot program will bolster late-season flows in the system and extend their irrigation season.

DRIGGS — The ponds, wetlands and streams on Idaho’s private working lands provide critical hydrologic, ecological and habitat benefits that extend far beyond the fence lines. When these areas become degraded and their function impaired, landowners may look to a restoration contractor like Aq…

Wesley Zollinger of St. Anthony is only 11 years old but he’s been through some tough things like being stepped on by a bull and riding bull with his collar bone broken. Oh and he’s one of the top 10 to 12-year-old bull riders in the region in his first year on a bull.

Rigby FFA members joined nearly 70,000 other participants at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis from Oct. 28 through Nov. 2. The chapter was recognized for achievement in the National Chapter Awards program, extemporaneous public speaking, forestry career development event and Natio…

For the company’s hard work in the area of environmental stewardship, Valley Agronomics of Pocatello received the Ambassador of Respect award for North America for 2019 from Corteva Agriscience, which sponsors the annual Environmental Respect Awards.

Although we should be thankful every day for what we have, it is nice to have a special holiday set aside for this purpose. I have heard many people say that Thanksgiving seems to be more of a family holiday than Christmas does, and I think they are correct. A lot of Christmas is spent in pu…

Rowdy Telford helps his dad raise cattle at home and learns from that and from ag classes he takes at Rigby Middle School.

Because of his interest in livestock, Tyson Bond decided to take agriculture classes at Rigby Middle School to learn more about them.

Because Audrey Godfrey’s dad, Lex Godfrey, is Rigby High School’s agriculture teacher and FFA adviser, she’s seen all the benefits her fellow students have enjoyed and has reaped rewards herself.

BOISE – Idaho will retain its spot as the nation’s top barley-producing state this year, and Idaho barley farmers produced almost a third of the United States’ total barley supply.

Unseasonably cold and wet October weather has delayed fall wheat planting and emergence, potentially putting fields at risk of winter kill, said University of Idaho Extension cereals pathologist Juliet Marshall.

We are so blessed to be able to have locally grown fruits and vegetables to eat most of the summer and through the fall. With that cold spell that came a couple of weeks ago, there was a big rush to get potatoes harvested. A couple of nights before this killing frost, Boyd and I got our spud…

SHELLEY — Merlin Dial hasn’t been one of the bigger potato farmers around, but he’s known through the years what it’s taken to survive the ups and downs of farming.

Zak and Rick Miller expect to lose a portion of their potato crop to frost damage, but their St. Anthony farm is positioned to survive thanks to a recent outpouring of community support.

The winning pumpkins of the the first annual Franklin County 4-H Giant Pumpkin Growing Contest are on their way to Salt Lake City to become boats in the ninth annual Ginormous Pumpkin Regatta on Oct. 19 at Oquirrh Lake, said Courtney Webster, mother of Winnie and Ned Webster who won the contest.

The shorter, cooler days and longer periods of darkness let us know that fall is definitely here. The leaves on the trees are changing the colors of their wardrobes from green to golds, yellows and reds. When we are outside in the early mornings or evenings, the warmth of a jacket or sweatsh…

Looking out over the foothills east of Idaho Falls, it is hard to believe that at one time over 1,800 people lived, worked, and loved in this area. Back then you would have seen cabins, with smoke snaking its way out of the chimneys, scattered throughout the landscape, men working with horse…