WENDELL — A dairy in the midst of shutting down has filed a lawsuit against its bookkeeper, claiming she embezzled more than $700,000 from the company.

Cowboy gear artists who often lead solitary lives because of the nature of their art or lifestyles, living on remote farms and ranches, met up last week to network and learn more about the business side of their art, during the inaugural Idaho Cowgirl Congress Showcase and Demonstration.

KIMBERLY — You may not recognize a mint farmer by the looks of him, but his aromatic crop is unmistakable. Its sweet, spicy-cool scent makes mint one of man’s most valued herbs.

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.

CHALLIS — February shaped up as one for the record books as far as snow totals in Idaho, according to a report from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

BOISE — Legislation pending in Idaho’s House of Representatives would force french fry processors to try negotiating with a growers’ cooperative rather than taking contracts straight to potato farmers’ fields.

CHALLIS —The varied January weather across Idaho is reflected in the state’s snowpack, the monthly water supply outlook report from the Natural Resources Conservation Service shows.

Famous for its potatoes, eastern Idaho can now lay claim to being North America’s major producer of a lesser-known crop — an ancient pseudo-cereal called quinoa.

TWIN FALLS — Gem State Dairy Products LLC, announced plans Monday to establish one of the largest aseptic milk processing plants in the United States and will be located in Twin Falls.

POCATELLO (IFBF) — Idaho Farm Bureau Federation will contribute $100,000 to the University of Idaho’s proposed Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment.

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:

BOISE (UI) — A plan to create the nation’s largest research dairy advanced Feb. 14 with the Idaho State Board of Education’s vote to allow the University of Idaho to buy land for the $45 million project.

CHALLIS — Lost River Highway District officials want to form an exploratory committee to determine if people want to create a flood control tax district along the Big Lost River.

BOISE — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Wednesday signed HB 1, the Treasure Valley water rights settlement bill, into law, and praised the collaborative process that brought all sides together on it.

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:

BOISE (UI) — A plan to create the nation’s largest research dairy advanced Feb. 14 with the Idaho State Board of Education’s vote to allow the University of Idaho to buy land for the $45 million project.

CHALLIS — Lost River Highway District officials want to form an exploratory committee to determine if people want to create a flood control tax district along the Big Lost River.

BOISE — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Wednesday signed HB 1, the Treasure Valley water rights settlement bill, into law, and praised the collaborative process that brought all sides together on it.

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

POCATELLO — The 50th annual Idaho Seed Potato Growers Seminar offered optimism and information on how using certified seed is decreasing a variety of potato diseases.

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.

BOISE — During this year’s Girls Scout Cookie Sale, the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage are again teaming up with Dairy West to donate to the Idaho Foodbank to help those in need.

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.

A young, fallow deer buck was recently seen on the east side of Whitney, pleasantly grazing its way through a field.

DESHLER, Neb. — Reinke Manufacturing Co. has recognized Rain for Rent, with locations in Idaho Falls, Nampa and Paul, as well as locations in California and Arizona, as one of the top 10 highest-selling dealerships throughout the United States and Canada, in acknowledgment of the company’s m…

PRESTON — Bob and Michael Newswander, of Preston, are being featured in a national drive to encourage Americans to know who their honey comes from.

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.

CHALLIS — The Fisher Creek livestock grazing allotment in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area south of Stanley has been voluntarily retired under U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson’s legislation that created wilderness in the area, Stanley Deputy Ranger Brian Anderson told the Custer County commission…

UCON — The tiny community of Ucon, north of Idaho Falls, recreated and celebrated the Nativity before about 600 people on a recent cold December evening.

CHALLIS —A half-dozen volunteer members of the North Custer Rodeo Committee approached the Custer County commissioners last month with budget questions, ambitious plans to improve the rodeo grounds in Challis and a vision for the facility’s future.

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

BOISE — A potentially historic request to transfer water from the Treasure Valley to Elmore County received support from state legislators on the final day of public testimony, but opponents and advocates remain wary of the potential effect on the Boise River.

BOISE — The Idaho Water Resource Board is projecting that it will recharge approximately 170,000 acre-feet of water into the East Snake Plain Aquifer in winter 2018-19, a lower amount than the 250,000 acre-foot annual goal.

The same strain of E. coli bacteria that caused the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a nationwide food safety alert just before Thanksgiving, warning people not to eat romaine lettuce, likely caused the illness that threatened the life of a 7-year-old Pahsimeroi Valle…

Idaho Department of Water Resources officials say they’re in the home stretch of an effort to get thousands of irrigation wells that draw from the East Snake Plain Aquifer fitted with flow meters.

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.

The amount and type of vitamin and mineral supplements your horse needs changes with the season and the horse’s age. Personally, I give great thanks to the companies that produce low-carb and senior feed for horses. My little fatties love their grain buckets but can’t safely ingest a lot wit…

FRUITLAND — Harvest season for onions has been going on for a couple months now and so far, predictions are that it’s going to be a good year.

The outlook for the sugar beet harvest in the Upper Snake River Valley that recently got started is better than last year, according to sugar company officials.

NAMPA—Early harvest for Idaho sugar beets is officially in full swing, with the process starting on Sept. 4 in the Magic Valley and Upper Snake River regions and, on Oct. 1, in the Treasure Valley.

Advances in technology have drastically changed the way the sugar beet is planted, grown, harvested and the beet itself.

The Eastern Idaho State Fair has been bringing families, friends and neighbors together since 1902 when some local cattle ranchers purchased some land, put on a livestock show and named it the Southeastern Idaho Fair.

(F&R) — Students at 121 schools across Idaho will receive free, fresh fruit and vegetables during the coming school year thanks to state-administrated grants from the USDA Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra announced.