Ranchers in the West have typically grazed cattle on summer pastures — often in the mountains or desert rangelands near their ranch or on federal Bureau of Land Management or Forest Service allotments — while growing hay at home to feed the cows during winter.

TWIN FALLS — Jon Maughan has reitred as managing director of the Mid Mountain region of Rabo AgriFinance after a 40-year banking career in southern Idaho. Brek Cranney has been named the new managing director.

MCCALL — The Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry has just presented Clif Bar Baking Company of Twin Falls with its 2021 Environmental Excellence Award during IACI’s 47th Public Policy Conference in McCall over the weekend.

JEROME — Scoular is hiring at its Jerome processing plant. The plant will be making Emerge, a barley-based protein source for aquaculture and pet food.

BURLEY — When you think agriculture in Idaho, Cassia County is the poster child. Cassia ranks an unchallenged No. 1 in the state when it comes to total farm revenue and produces a wide variety of agricultural commodities on a large scale.

Aquaculture, or fish farming, is the world’s fastest-growing food production sector. But the key ingredients in commercial fish feed – fishmeal and fish oil – come from an unsustainable source: small fish, such as anchovies and herring, near the base of ocean food webs.

BUHL — The Magic Valley dairy industry has gone through brutal lows and record highs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Preston City Council voted at its July 13 meeting to sell the 5.5 acres on which the rodeo arena is built, to the county for $125,000.

PARMA — After being slated for closure in 2009, the University of Idaho Parma Research and Extension Center survived the financial crisis and university budget cuts. It has far from thrived though, according to Michael Parrella, dean of the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

POCATELLO – Idaho farmers planted significantly more dry bean acres this year, as rising farm-level prices for that crop make it an attractive option for a lot of producers.

AMERICAN FALLS — Farmers throughout Power and Caribou counties have been going online and filling out a quick application seeking to secure grant funds to boost their local schools’ science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs.

Thanks to some kids with an imagination, a family who loves him and modern technology, Bruce the Goose has a new lease on life.

BOISE — A tractor raffle program that raises scholarship money for Idaho FFA members will look a little different this year.

IDAHO FALLS — A University of Idaho cereals pathologist is advising Idaho farmers to plant spring wheat varieties that are resistant to a destructive fungal pathogen recently detected in the region, called stripe rust.

BOISE — A bill was introduced in the Idaho Legislature Jan. 29 that, if passed, would begin the process of adjudicating water rights in the Bear River Basin.

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.

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.

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.

RUPERT — At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, a giant sugar beet will descend from the sky on the Rupert Square as part of the city’s newest community holiday party.

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.

An early October cold snap that brought record low temperatures to many parts of Idaho affected thousands of acres of crops that were still in the ground.

BURLEY — Even on a 100-degree day, workers on the warehouse floor can see clouds of their own breath. They can smell french fries, too, as they walk between royal-blue steel beams and boxes upon boxes of frozen fries and appetizers.

JEROME — When a group of dairy families opened Idaho Milk Products a decade ago, the company faced a murky future at best. The $80 million facility began churning out cream and protein during a recession, at a time of painfully low milk prices.