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EMMETT — Agricultural production each year is heavily dependent upon a series of fortunate events to reach optimum goals. Primary among those events are weather-related activities and so far the 2019 winter and spring patterns have provided a lot of promise for agriculture producers in Gem County.

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MIDDLETON — The Idaho Youth Ranch’s equine therapy program, which helps children to process anxiety and trauma by working with horses, has built up a waiting list of about 60 children.

NAMPA—If you were like many Americans who suffered from the common cold this winter, you may have reached for a soothing cup of Echinacea tea to ease your symptoms.

BOISE — The Sherman Glenn Ranch, a southwestern Idaho ranch that was established in 1906 and spans six generations, is the latest ranch to be designated as an Idaho Century Ranch.

BOISE — It wasn’t raining cats and dogs, but the precipitation added to the skittishness of some other four-legged animals. On Sunday, a half-dozen wild horse weanlings went through their paces in a steady drizzle with an intermittent downpour or two.

MERIDIAN — Popular seasonal produce market Wagner Farms still plans to open a year-round market. It will just take a little longer than the anticipated spring 2019 opening.

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.

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.

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.

CALDWELL — Agriculture plays a crucial role in Idaho’s economy. It is the largest contributor to the state’s economy and accounts for 20 percent of Idaho’s gross state product each year, according to the Idaho Department of Agriculture.

NAMPA — The Nampa Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum all about agriculture from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Ford Idaho Center.

CALDWELL — If you want to get alphabetical about it, the Western Idaho Ag Expo has just about covered all the letters. It has everything covered from Adams Grain Bins to Western Heating and Air Conditioning (sorry, X, Y and Z) — and pretty near everything in between.

KUNA — After several years at its iconic Interstate 84 and Eagle Road location, The Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival is moving to Kuna.

NAMPA — The Idaho Irrigation Equipment Show & Conference will showcase the latest information in the irrigation industry next week at the Nampa event.

CALDWELL — In the heart of the Sunnyslope Wine Region, Josie and Clay Erskine are building the 28-acre farm of their dreams.

The magic is tenuous, suspended in the air between, as the majestic elk look you in the eye and blink. They are regarding you, as you are regarding them, and the frozen tundra, tingling of bells, prancing, dressed out horses and billowing puff clouds appearing and disappearing with each snor…

CALDWELL — The Canyon County Fairgrounds could look a lot different in the coming years with the proposed addition of a new fair expo building, additional parking, practice soccer and football fields and a nearby first-class track facility.

EMMETT — Some Gem County farmers and ranchers are starting to receive some compensation from the federal government for tariff related price reductions for their products this year.

NAMPA — Owners of 58 Ada and Canyon County properties have been warned that they now face the possibility of their properties being sold at public auction because they have failed to pay a total of $27,830 in irrigation taxes for the past three years, according to a news release from the Nam…

BOISE — Whether to pump water from Anderson Ranch Reservoir into Elmore County-based Little Camas Reservoir will likely be decided by the potential economic impact to the Treasure Valley.

TREASURE VALLEY — In southwestern Idaho, the Idaho Department of Water Resources anticipates 2019 will be an average year in terms of the water supply for irrigators, although there is a lot of uncertainty about this winter’s climate projections. The area of primary concern for next year’s w…

CALDWELL — Eight rows of maturing grapes and seven varietals make up the the small vineyard that sits in Caldwell’s downtown core — a demonstration vineyard formerly used by college students that for years has lacked proper maintenance and care.

GREENLEAF — When Rhonda and Rich Pickett — owners of Pickett Auction Service in the small Canyon County town of Greenleaf — took a leap of faith and began offering solely online auctions through their auction service, they were met with harsh criticism and disapproval from the rest of the lo…

EMMETT — Each year October marks a renewal of the local 4-H program. Having completed the Gem/Boise County Fair, many youths take a short break from 4-H as they head back to school before re-enrolling in 4-H for another fun year.

EMMETT — The 2018 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion Jared Miller will be visiting Emmett as a part of his tour to livestock auctions around the United States.

MERIDIAN — Farming has always been a part of Jim Lowe’s life. He grew up on a farm in Montana and moved to Idaho, continuing that legacy with his wife, Hillary Lowe.

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.

EAGLE — The 854 acres that make up the 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards in the heart of the Eagle Foothills American Viticultural Area is listed for sale at nearly $15 million.

NAMPA—The Arabian Horse Association will be bringing its 2018 Sport Horse National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show to Nampa nest week at the Ford Idaho Horse Park.

CALDWELL — Gazing out over her family’s 40-acre vineyard, Hadley Robertson detailed the history of Hells Canyon Winery, one of the oldest wine grape vineyards in Idaho.

GARDEN CITY —Sisters Mariah and Sarah Cobb paced around their alpaca exhibit at the Western Idaho Fair, happily answering questions and sharing their alpaca knowledge with curious fairgoers.

Below is the schedule of Western Idaho Fair events remaining until the fair closes Sunday. Pull out these two pages to carry with you through the fair.

CALDWELL — An 80-acre property previously envisioned as the future home of the Canyon County Fair sold for $1,635,000 during a public auction Tuesday afternoon.

Some of the events and attractions will be taking place every day throughout the week. A list of these is provided below, followed by the events unique to each day.

BOISE — Idaho’s largest fair returns to Expo Idaho in Boise running from today through Aug. 26 and, for the first year ever, fairgoers can “view the fair from the air,” in the words of Expo Idaho Director Bob Batista.

CALDWELL — Rows of bright green leaves and bunches of maturing grapes fill hundreds of acres across the Sunnyslope Wine Trail in the heart of southwestern Idaho’s portion of the Snake River Valley.

CALDWELL —“These boots are made for rodeoing” is the new catchphrase around Caldwell right now. With the event now in its 10th year, the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce is changing its annual rodeo art contest. From now through Aug. 18, dozens of Caldwell businesses will have decorated boots on…

NAMPA — While driving through many of the main roads in Canyon County, some people may notice green and white signs positioned next to crop fields that look similar to political campaign signs. Each year, the Nampa-Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee places these crop signs t…