Idaho grain farmers have been meeting with top officials and lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and speaking at in-state events recently to build support for their federal legislative priorities.

OMAHA, Nebraska — The land market in 2019 continued the plateau trend of the past several years during which the supply of agricultural land for sale on the market remained lower than average and prices for good quality cropland held mostly steady.

POCATELLO — When an elite distance runner missed her qualifying race during last year’s Simplot Games because her team bus broke down, Rick Phillips recalls the stage was set for a memorable display of sportsmanship.

DOWNEY — Attorneys will soon file briefs in a lawsuit testing if the federal government has the right to thin woody vegetation in Idaho roadless areas without first conducting environmental reviews.

As California contends with drought, wildfires and other impacts of climate change, a small yet passionate group of residents are attempting to lessen these effects and reduce the state’s carbon emissions. They are ranchers – but not the kind that most people picture when they hear that term.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday ended federal protection for many of the nation’s millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands, a sweeping environmental rollback that could leave the waterways more vulnerable to pollution from development, industry and farms.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Provisions in a Kansas law that ban the secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities unconstitutionally criminalize free speech, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

POCATELLO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers and Congressman Mike Simpson announced a long-anticipated change to environmental regulations Thursday at Holt Arena amid a backdrop of tractors and combines for an agricultural equipment trade show.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday took another step toward dismantling Michelle Obama’s school nutrition guidelines, proposing a new rule that could lead to more pizza and fries and less fruit and a smaller variety of vegetables on school menus.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump thanked farmers Sunday for supporting him through a trade war with China as he promoted a new North American trade agreement and a separate one with China that he said will massively benefit farmers.

LAS VEGAS — Kicking off the 12th annual Potato Expo, held Jan 14-15 in Las Vegas, the National Potato Council announced the launch of its new podcast, “Eye on Potatoes.”

The American Malting Barley Association Board of Directors has approved the addition of AAC Connect, LCS Odyssey, Moravian 164 and Moravian 170 to the recommended list of malting barley varieties for 2020.

Republicans in Congress are enthusiastically using the Congressional Review Act to overturn regulations finalized during the last weeks of the Obama administration. One measure on their list is the Bureau of Land Management’s new Planning 2.0 rule, which is designed to improve BLM’s process …

Another growing season is building momentum with the arrival of the 2020 seed catalogs, and gardeners are drafting plans for new harvests. There’s such a thing as being too enthusiastic, though, especially among novices.

POCATELLO – While farmers make up only about 1 percent of the nation’s total population, the expanded impact they have on the overall economy is massive, according to a nationwide economic impact study that shows the food and agriculture sectors are responsible for a huge amount of economic …

OREGON, Wis. — Jason Garlynd walked through a quarter-acre vegetable garden on a 90-degree day, pointing out varieties of lettuce and expressing hopes for the recovery of a strawberry crop after a turkey attack. He chatted with workers sitting on overturned buckets to pull weeds.

HOUSTON, Minn. — When you arrive on the Buffalo Gal property in Houston, Minn., it’s hard to miss the 1-ton bison standing on the left side of the road. However, on the right, on the side of the hill, just below the chapel, is a grave.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Sleeping Fox Farm, an eventing and thoroughbred nonprofit rescue in Martinsburg, offers sanctuary and rehabilitation for broken down and injured horses after years on the track.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Teresa Warner, who owns and operates Sheepdog Farms in West Lafayette with her family, has been doing the farmers market circuit for a while.

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — Wally the pig was likely living in the moment when he jumped from a truck on its way to a slaughterhouse that was going 70 mph on Interstate 90 near Sioux Falls, S..

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Billie Danner’s primary business is in corn, beans and hogs, but when the clouds part, he’s harvesting the sun’s.

CRESCENT, Iowa (AP) — Frogs, carp and bugs thrived all summer in murky floodwaters where Gene Walter should have planted corn and soybeans. Last year’s ruined crop spilled from metal storage bins that burst nine months ago when the Missouri River surged through two levees near his southwest …

TWIN FALLS — The news Tuesday that Congressional Democrats had reached a deal with the White House to approve a new North America trade agreement was welcomed in Idaho, where officials said the development will help the dairy industry.

 It’s been over a year since the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was signed and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi motioned for the trade agreement to be brought to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote.

BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — U.S. officials will review whether grizzly bears have enough protections across the Lower 48 states after advocates sued the government in a bid to restore the fearsome animals to more areas, according to court documents filed Monday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced agreement on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the very same day that Democrats announced their impeachment charges against him.

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Experts in Oregon, the nation’s No. 1 supplier of Christmas trees, say prices for a holiday evergreen will remain higher this year due to a tight supply.

SPOKANE, Washington (AP) — Washington’s commissioner of Public Lands released a proposal Monday to raise some $63 million each year to fight wildfires and take steps to prevent them in the first place.

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.

By 2050, many scientists estimate that the world food supply will have to increase sharply from today’s level to meet anticipated demand from a global population of 9 to 10 billion people. Meanwhile, the coming decades are expected to bring higher and more variable temperatures, increasingly…