STAR — Mike Moyle stood in his freshly cut mint field, the sweet fragrance perfuming a vista that abruptly shifts at the edge of the field, where cropland gives way to a construction zone full of new houses sprouting from the ground.

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — The thick scent of smoke hung in the midday air when a trail along the Kings River opened up to an ominous scene: flames in the trees and thick gray smoke shrouding canyon walls.

EMMETT – Gov. Brad Little’s effort to simplify and reduce Idaho rules and regulations could have a big impact on the state’s agricultural industry.

Competitive barbecue teams from across the West will descend on Boise to vie for the Idaho state championship at the Bands, Brews & BBQ Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Boise Spectrum.

A 16-year old high school junior from Middleton has been selected as the next Miss Gem/Boise County rodeo queen. Brooklyn Keller is the daughter of Malinda Shoemaker and Chris Dion of Middleton. She was crowned during the Saturday night performance of the ICA Rodeo during the Gem/Boise Count…

EMMETT — For better than five decades, Andy Kendall has been engaged in the ranch and rodeo community in Gem County, and beyond. During the Gem/Boise County Fair and Rodeo, hosted Aug. 1-3, Kendall was honored with his selection as Grand Marshal for the parade and rodeo events.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Nez Perce Tribe has filed a lawsuit to force a Canadian company to clean up an idle central Idaho mining area — which the company says it plans to do if it gets approval from U.S. officials to restart mining at the site.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Central Idaho ranch owners want construction of a trail connecting the popular tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley stopped and additional work to make it a smooth path for hikers and bikers prohibited.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A U.S. Forest Service plan released Friday would reduce designated sage grouse habitat in Wyoming and Nevada while easing grazing rules intended to protect the ground-dwelling birds in five Western states.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An ardent critic of the federal government who has argued for selling off almost all public lands has been named the Trump administration’s top steward over nearly a quarter-billion federally controlled acres, raising new questions about the administration’s intentions for …

Famous for its potatoes, Paul Beckman hopes Idaho will one day be known for a very different sort of tuber.

ABERDEEN — University of Idaho Extension weed specialist Pam Hutchinson intentionally damages the nine crops in her long and narrow garden, using 30 different herbicides commonly applied in the region.

A “discussion starter” bill that was introduced late in the 2019 Idaho legislative session was designed to provide seed producers further protection from a possible warehouse failure.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A legal advocacy organization has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging an Arkansas state law that farm organizations have used to shield themselves from undercover investigations by animal rights groups.

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Federal officials are weighing impassioned testimony from farmers, ranchers, hunters and wildlife advocates at the only public hearing in the country on the government’s latest attempt to take gray wolves off the endangered and threatened species list.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State and federal officials have identified 6,700 square miles in Idaho to test a plan that allows state participation in federal timber sales to pay for restoration work on private, state and federal lands.

SALEM, Ore. — Republicans in the Oregon Senate said Friday that they will end a more than weeklong walkout over emissions-lowering climate legislation that ground the Legislature to a halt, declaring victory in the political crisis that exposed the limits of overwhelming Democratic control i…

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have released their review on removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recreation and habitat for imperiled sage grouse.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Wolves are officially back in the Netherlands, two centuries after the animals were hunted to extinction in the country, after a pair produced a litter in the wild — news welcomed Thursday by conservationists.

NAMPA ─ A windmill spins in the front yard of Evert and Dora Jansen Van Beek. They sit to the side of their house and reminisce about the past, in view of the empty dairy barn that pays homage to the thriving dairy operation they once had.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s wet spring and below-average temperatures the last three months will likely mean a later start for forest fires, but rangeland fires could be a problem as grasses dry out, a federal wildfire forecaster said Tuesday.

BOISE — Giving away the original 6-ton replica Russet Burbank that once toured the nation on its Great Big Idaho Potato Truck is paying major dividends for the Idaho Potato Commission.

MERIDIAN — This year’s Dairy Days will include all the events the community has come to expect and enjoy — pancakes, a petting zoo and dairy animal competitions — with one big change. The parade will be held on Saturday instead of Friday.

  • +2

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.

  • +3

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.

CALDWELL — No one disputes that potatoes reign supreme among Idaho’s crops, but not to be overlooked is a crop that is integral to many of our best-loved recipes, is tasty as a battered, fried ring or chopped and tossed into salsa.

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.

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.