How can astronauts grow nutritious fresh food to eat while orbiting in the International Space Station? Mackay High School sophomore Chase Green suggests a solution.

RIGBY — Rigby FFA students were recognized at the annual Rigby FFA Chapter banquet March 6. Listed below were students recognized and the awards received.

DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on a trade mission Monday to persuade Iowa farmers struggling to survive low commodity prices and tariffs that have hurt sales to stand firm with President Donald Trump and his efforts to negotiate better trade deals.

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Even as agriculture has changed over the years, Future Farmers of Alabama says it’s remaining relevant. Students in the program learn leadership and public speaking — skills being lost over time with technology and communicating through texting, officials said at a recent…

Initially Hunter West got involved in FFA as a freshman because his uncle Vince Wray is an FFA adviser and ag teacher at Shelley High School.

PRESTON — The Northwest Agricultural Cooperative Council representing local and regional cooperatives in Idaho, Oregon and Washington recently joined forces with the FFA organization to recognize two legislators with the NWACC Friend of the Industry Award. Those recognized were:

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Starting Wednesday, Tractor Supply Co. stores across the country began to collect donations to support grants for FFA chapters in their communities.

KUNA — The Kuna Grange hosted the 18th annual FFA Public Speaking Contest on Jan. 22, where students from Kuna, Meridian, Marsing and Columbia High School FFA chapters competed.

From Saturday through Feb. 23, don’t be surprised if you see tomorrow’s farmers, ranchers, veterinarians, ag teachers, biologists, chemists, engineers and entrepreneurs swapping their pick-up trucks and cars for a farm tractor and driving it to school, serving lunch to students and supporter…

The motto of the FFA youth organization is: Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.

Being president of his FFA chapter has helped Mattson Thompson develop organizational skills he’ll use in the future.

NAMPA — Nampa Chamber of Commerce CEO Mitch Minnette said one of the highlights of the chamber’s annual agriculture forum, slated for Tuesday is when the Idaho governor recognizes an FFA student who won a speech contest based on each year’s theme.

MERRILL, Ore. — Students at Lost River Junior-Senior High School know where their food comes from: They eat beef from their own steers, eggs from their chickens and tomatoes from their greenhouse.

Joaquin Resendiz has been taking welding classes in Shelley High School’s ag department for three years, since he was in the eighth grade.

MACKAY — An $82,000 state-of-the-art aquaculture lab is being built for ag students at Mackay High School, funded with private donations and grants, including a recent $4,000 grant from the Idaho Cattle Foundation.

Progress is being made on the new Bonneville County Fairgrounds under construction near Sandy Downs with the Family and Consumer Science Building expected to be completed in May and other buildings shortly thereafter.

LOGAN, Utah — Considering how involved high school agricultural teachers can get with hands-on education, it’s not surprising that the field can see a high rate of burnout. One teacher is hoping to help combat that trend locally with the help of a national program.

In his second year taking ag classes Rylen Wilkie, has experienced raising fish in a fish lab, growing and selling tomatoes, designing, cutting and selling metal art and framing, insulating, plumbing and wiring a building.

Taking ag classes at the Technical Careers High School in Idaho Falls and being involved in FFA is preparing Bonneville High School student Caleb Cramer for a future in farming and ranching.

MACKAY — With all the opportunities that the Mackay FFA offers students, one of the most interesting and fun is the annual 11-day bus trip to the National FFA Convention.

Stetson Hill is interested in a career in welding, and ag classes and FFA competitions at District 93’s Technical Careers High School are helping him prepare.

LOGAN, Utah — The Cache County Board of Education planned to recognize the Mountain Crest High School FFA Chapter for its performance in national competition in October.

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Albany County’s purchase of the Range Arena was completed this fall after voters approved the $325,000 transaction as part of voters’ renewal of the Special Purpose Excise Tax in August.

REXBURG — Four teens from Madison High School have won state for livestock judging and are headed to nationals in Denver, Colo.

Tractor Supply’s “Follow Us to the Fair” Tour recently completed its 11,000-mile cross-country journey to state and county fairs, making 24 stops in 14 states over six months from June to November, according to a news release.

The 4-H program provides youths from all backgrounds the opportunity to raise, care for and show livestock. If youths understand how to take vitals, properly administer antibiotics, and understand vaccination programs, they will be better prepared to raise a healthy animal.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two students from Cheyenne’s East High are continuing a trend of top agriculture students at the school.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — “I’ve got a question for you guys,” rancher Jason Chapman said as 12 Mazama High School students looked around his Poe Valley ranch. “What percentage of the U.S. population is involved in agriculture?”

Jayden Wilde has gained valuable experience during career development events as a member of his school’s ag mechanics team

RIGBY — Jefferson County Fair Board Chairman Carl Anderson reflected on an excellent year between the Mud Lake and Rigby FFA and 4-H programs in a meeting with the county commissioners.

AMERICAN FALLS — American Falls High School ag instructor Marc Beitia is having a good year. In addition to being named Idaho’s 2019 “Teacher of the Year,” the school’s FFA chapter is headed to nationals this month as one of 10 National FFA Model of Excellence finalists.

Shelley High School freshman Kaleb Stolworthy travels with his family during the summer while his dad cuts themed corn mazes for about 120 customers from Canada to Florida.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Third-graders crowded around Beatrice and Nebraska, reaching out to touch the two sheep owned by Avery Hirschbock, a Henley High School junior and FFA member.

CALDWELL — In the past 50 years, Caldwell High School has been without an agriculture program. However, this changed last year when efforts were made to bring it back from its long hiatus.

Collin Kelley’s year-round job is helping out on the Kelley family farm/ranch in Shelley and Bone.

TREMONTON, Utah —Throughout the summer, Gracie Valencia, 14, of Honeyville, worked hard to care diligently for her lamb in anticipation for the Box Elder County Fair’s annual junior livestock auction.

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — Lakeview residents and local ranchers Jim and Deanna Walls helped out the Lakeview FFA Chapter and their fundraising efforts to attend a fall conference in Indianapolis this fall.

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Competition was fierce, and the bids flew as 4-H members said goodbye to animals they have been raising during the season.