CALDWELL — A request by PETA to change the name of the curiously named Chicken Dinner Road didn’t go over well in Canyon County, which has the highest number of farmers in Idaho.
BANCROFT — Nowadays, the 480-acre dry-land wheat farm that George C. Rigby bought back in 1910 is enrolled in the federal Conservation Reserve Program — which pays land owners to manage their ground as wildlife habitat.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The most effective way to fight global warming is to plant lots of trees, a study says. A trillion of them, maybe more.
Ivy and Ellee Shifflett, of Clark County, have been riding since before they could talk.
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…
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Along large swaths of California’s lush central valley, almonds in the fuzzy hulls of tree leaves blow in the wind on thousands of acres of orchards. Thousands of miles away in India, customers browse the nut sections of busy street markets and grocery stores in search…
LOGAN, Utah — Utah State University announced June 27 that Doctor Eric Bastian, of Twin Falls, is the new director of the Western Dairy Center.
ABERDEEN — The University of Idaho’s Aberdeen Research and Extension Center will be hosting its biennial Twilight Tour from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17.
Wild horses present exciting challenge for area trainers
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.
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Millions of pigs have been culled in China and Vietnam as a U.N. food agency urges Asian governments to make containing virulent African swine fever their top priority.
AMERICAN FALLS — From old siding, tin scraps and wooden blocks, Leroy Zimmerman assembles miniature versions of the farm equipment he and his father used to use.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Work can go forward on a trail crossing private land that connects the popular tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley, a judge has ruled.
If you like munching on seedlings, consider directing your palate toward microgreens. These tiny vegetables burst with rich, leafy flavors ranging from spicy to sweet, and their nutritional power exceeds that of the adult plants.
BLACKFOOT — Miniature horses made their presence known at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds June 21-23.
Flowering “bee lawns” that attract pollinators are a compromise between fastidious turf management and the more casual yard approach. They add biodiversity to the landscape and need less maintenance. That makes them cost-effective, too.
Working at Eagle Ridge Ranch, the guest ranch managed by his family in Island Park, taught Jarom Hyde about long days, business management and dealing with the public.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Forest Service to consult with other federal agencies about nearly two dozen water diversion projects in central Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley that could be harming salmon, steelhead and bull trout.
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.
AURORA, Ore. (AP) — A unit of wheat is called a bushel, and a standard weight of potatoes is called a century. But hemp as a fully legal U.S. agricultural commodity is so new that a unit of hemp seed doesn’t yet have a universal name or an agreed-upon quantity.
BOISE — Parma High School art teacher Linda McMillin recently put the finishing touches on a 35-foot long agricultural mural she painted on a wall in an underground tunnel beneath the Idaho State Capitol building.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A seed developer from the Netherlands credited with introducing high quality disease-resistant vegetable seeds to more than 60 countries including the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia was recently awarded the 2019 World Food Prize.
Trump signs order to simplify GMO regulation
Convict leasing for agriculture — a system that allows states to sell prison labor to private farms — became infamous in the late 1800s for the brutal conditions it imposed on captive, mostly black workers.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A plan to kill wolves and other predators that attack livestock, deer and elk in Idaho is the subject of an environmental study that will include public comment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.
SODA SPRINGS — J.R. Simplot Co. has rerouted a stream away from tainted waste rock and built a $30 million water treatment plant in its efforts to keep selenium out of the water supply near its Smoky Canyon Mine.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho couple whose lawsuit against the U.S Environmental Protection Agency was kept alive by a U.S. Supreme Court decision has filed an appeal after losing that lawsuit in U.S. District Court.
SALEM, Ore. — The gray wolf is on track for a remarkable comeback after being almost exterminated in the contiguous United States, but a Trump administration proposal to take the iconic symbol of the wild off the endangered species list has exposed divisions among states.
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.
BOISE, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the first group of 14 wild horses to the Hardtrigger Herd Management Area (HMA) today. Nearly 300 people, some who traveled from as far away as Montana, Oregon and Washington attended the release.
GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) — Donovan London and Daylin Posey woke up every morning before school to feed cows during a 28-day feed trial that was being conducted by Barren County High School agriculture students.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska landowners are seeking new solutions for a millions-year-old phenomenon.
Wolf population objectives were set in the 2002 Idaho Wolf Management Plan, written by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and approved by the Idaho Legislature. The plan calls for exceeding a population of at least 150 wolves to ensure that they don’t fall back on the Endangered Species list.
It’s scary to some rural residents that wolves are killing animals so close to their homes and communities.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final installment of a five-part series on wolves and their effect on Western life.
MOORPARK, Calif. — John and Molly Chester, a filmmaker and a chef, had made a decision that many urbanites only fantasize about: They decided to leave their life in Los Angeles and start a farm that would function in harmony with nature.
CALDWELL—Chances are good that if you eat out much in the Treasure Valley, you’ve experienced some of the goodness that comes from McIntyre Pastures.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of five parts on wolves and their affect on Western life.
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.
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.
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Klamath County commissioners on March 13 delayed signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, reversing a split-vote decision the day before to move forward with the MOU.
GREEN RIVER, Wyo. — It was the middle of the night in the dead of winter.
SMITHFIELD, Utah — The sound of traditional Western yodeling filled the halls of Summit Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The Spirit of the West came alive in songs and poetry throughout downtown Ellensburg over this past weekend, and was put into action at Bloom Pavilion — the location of the Spirit of the West Roping competition.
KALISPELL, Mont. — At an age where many of his friends are retiring, blacksmith Jeffrey Funk is opening a school.
ST. ANTHONY — Young producers like Kenny and Abby Dalling are the future of American agriculture.
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SMILEY, Texas — After many years, Darla Cherry decided she’d had enough of training horses and wanted to save them instead.
Prejudice is a funny thing. When a city slicker or a dude comes meanderin’ into the Montana bar in Glasgow he’s liable to get a lot of hard stares.
The television paralyzed watchers as the horrendous flames burned California to ashes. The governor in command puffed and pounded, claiming that he and his ENVIRO-DENY-ERS took NO BLAME, NO BLAME, NO BLAME!
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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.