REXBURG — Robert Smith was sick at home early last week when he went to check on the family farm Jan. 29 and noticed someone had chopped a hole in the wall of his shop and many of their tools were stolen.

Paul Dixon raises cattle and farms about three miles from where his pioneer great-grandfather bought land from Great Western Land and Cattle Co. in the 1800s. Dixon Farm & Ranch is just down the road from the original Dixon tract, west of Idaho Falls in the New Sweden area and contiguous…

RIRIE — Rick Mickelsen’s horses wear a lazy heart brand on their left thigh. It’s a brand that has been in the Mickelsen family since 1945 and is one of 17,695 recorded in Idaho since the state started keeping records in 1905.

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.

Gene Johnson is the Bonneville County Cattle Association’s newest president and will serve in the position for the next two years.

During his first year in 4-H, Skyler Ennis won reserve champion in showmanship in all age groups in beef plus many more awards and ribbons with his beef and horse projects.

The 40th annual Eastern Idaho Ag Expo opened on Tuesday in Holt Arena and the 51st annual Idaho Potato Conference opened the following day in the Pond Student Union on the Idaho State University campus.

Talent, a vison, prayer and a lot of hard work has led to Keith Elkington’s success in the registered polled Hereford and South Devon business.

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.

POCATELLO — The middle of January is a special time of year in Pocatello. It’s the time of year when four-wheel drive, heavy-duty diesel pickups take command of Pocatello’s ice-covered streets and a lot of talk in town is centered on potatoes and potato equipment.

REXBURG — Terry Wilcox, a local wheat grower, has “been recognized for achieving one of the highest 2018 wheat yields in the country,” according to a news release from WestBred.

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.

OSGOOD — New Sweden Irrigation District members insisted on retaining their heritage while modernizing a major head gate near Osgood. When engineers advised them to tear down the 127-year-old Great Western Canal head gate, they refused.

STERLING — A “horsewoman who’s retired to goats” is how Lynn Morrison describes herself in pondering how she came to have a life dominated by making cheese from the four-legged milk machines.

POCATELLO — Clifford Warren, of Pocatello, and other giant pumpkin growers maximize the entertainment value from their mammoth vegetables throughout autumn.

BLACKFOOT — When Reid Lance Rosenthal was 9 years old and growing up on the family ranch in Rist Canyon, Colo., he vowed to himself one day to write No. 1 bestselling books.

BLACKFOOT — A popular family-oriented free attraction is back at the Eastern Idaho State Fair, the Super Science Co. gives people of all ages a chance to relax and play.