RENO, Nev. — Federal land managers say it will take two decades and cost more than $1 billion over the first six years alone to slash wild horse populations to sustainable levels necessary to protect U.S. rangeland.
POCATELLO — After setting records during fiscal years 2018 and 2019, wolf depredations of livestock in Idaho are down significantly during the first 10 months of fiscal 2020, which ends June 30.
POCATELLO — USDA released more details May 19 on its coronavirus farm relief program, which will provide direct support payments to farmers and ranchers negatively impacted by the outbreak.
The University of Idaho Extension office in Teton County will be hosting a roundtable discussion to address local food and agriculture topics of interest, following up on an April discussion centered mostly on our local food response to COVID-19 and progress towards a local meat processing f…
Gardening’s popularity has surged during the coronavirus pandemic; it provides exercise, outdoor time, emotional well-being and wholesome produce. Home gardening also can provide some hunger relief to others during a time of rising food insecurity.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Two dozen employees at a Vancouver, Washington, food processing company have been sickened with the coronavirus, officials said.
SPOKANE, Wash. — The state of Washington is implementing safety recommendations to battle a large outbreak of the coronavirus in an agricultural county in the central part of the state, officials said Tuesday.
POCATELLO — The Idaho High School Rodeo Association Championships will be hosted from June 13 through June 20 at the Bannock County Event Center as originally planned, despite the COVID-19 crisis, the county announced Friday.
A potato trade magazine has named Britt Raybould, who is part of a St. Anthony farming family, as its Spudwoman of the Year.
BOISE, Idaho — Gov. Brad Little’s desire to make a significant course change involving a politically charged strategy on how to invest millions of dollars to benefit public schools and other beneficiaries was rejected Tuesday by his fellow members on the Idaho Land Board.
The work being done in Pocatello High School science teacher Maygan Layson’s laboratory could someday help protect the public from antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”
BOISE — Farmers markets have been deemed essential by the state government and many Treasure Valley markets are open or expecting to open soon with social distancing measures in place.
SPOKANE, Wash. — Conservation groups on Monday asked the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to sharply limit the number of endangered wolves that are killed over conflicts with livestock.
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Department of Ecology in an historic move has required federal operators of eight dams on in the Columbia-Snake rivers to create a plan to keep the waters cold enough for adult salmon survival.
BOISE, Idaho — Authorities have approved a plan to prevent giant rangeland wildfires in southwestern Idaho by clearing vegetation along 435 miles of roads to create fuel breaks.
POCATELLO — The reports of some farmers, ranchers or dairy operations dumping their farm commodities is not easy news to digest.
LEBANON, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon ranching couple, fined nearly $18,000 for creating an illegal burn pile that included 40 dead animals, contested the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s penalty and won.
BOISE, Idaho — Three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the U.S. government from killing coyotes and other predators in Idaho until environmental studies are carried out.
Some Montana ranchers will likely go out of business due to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Livestock told state legislators recently.
MERIDIAN — In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dairy West has launched Curds + Kindness, a program to direct surplus dairy products to people in need throughout Idaho and Utah.
POCATELLO — Making the best of a bad situation, many county Farm Bureau organizations in Idaho have provided food banks and other feeding organizations with food donations or financial help during the coronavirus outbreak.
LOS ANGELES — The near shutdown of the economy in response to COVID-19 has reduced demand for commodities like oil, lumber and copper and triggered sharp drops in their prices, but some analysts predict the stage is set for a rebound.
(AP) The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have moved beyond meat processing plants and are now hitting dinner plates.
BILLINGS, Mont. — Attorneys for the U.S. government and the state of Wyoming urged an appeals court to throw out much of a judge’s ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades.
FIRTH — Each April at the Reid Ranch, relatives and friends gather to brand the new calf crop the traditional way, with ropers on horseback and irons heated in an open fire.
NITRO, W.Va. — The sweet peppers were picked over, the tomatoes were taken and the flowers were fixing to be next. The empty spots on the store’s display were starting to outnumber the full ones.
The agricultural sector has begun to struggle with the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic shocks on Idaho and Oregon agricultural industries have hit dairy, beef, onion and potato producers particularly hard. This is partially driven by the school and restaurant industry…
POCATELLO — When it comes to COVID-19’s impact on the economy, there appears to be at least some glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.
WALLULA, Wash. (AP) — All employees of a Tyson Fresh Meats beef plant near the Tri-Cities will eventually be tested for COVID-19 and then sent home to self-isolate until test results come back.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Tyson Foods suspended operations Wednesday at an Iowa plant that is critical to the nation’s pork supply but had been blamed for fueling a massive coronavirus outbreak in the community.
During World War I, posters proclaiming “Food will win the war” encouraged Americans to grow victory gardens. A century later, home gardeners are returning to that idea in the fight against a global pandemic.
On the back of a bucking bronco, bareback rider Jamie Howlett tries his best to hang on for eight fierce seconds.
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho hasn’t given up on a three-way potential land swap and cash deal involving a private timber company and the U.S. Forest Service that is running into opposition from the Nez Perce Tribe, state officials said Tuesday.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s Hammond Ranches could be competing with several other applicants for access to federal grazing allotments that it lost in a court ruling last year.
Oregon’s Cascade mountain range represents more than just a topographic barrier in the politically divided state.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The wolf population in Washington state increased by at least 19 animals in 2019, despite multiple lethal removals due to wolf-livestock conflict, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said Monday.
KENSINGTON, Maryland — A two-decade-long dry spell that has parched much of the western United States is turning into one of the deepest megadroughts in the region in more than 1,200 years, a new study found.
NAMPA — Money from the federal CARES Act and unemployment insurance started arriving in many Americans’ bank accounts this week.
TWIN FALLS — As the COVID-19 pandemic forces widespread social distancing and Idaho sits under Gov. Brad Little’s stay-home order, people are only supposed to travel for essential services.
IDAHO FALLS — The Bureau of Land Management’s Idaho Falls District is hiring wildland firefighters for the 2020 fire season. Job applications are being accepted and are due April 20.
POCATELLO – Just like the farmers and ranchers they serve, Idaho’s agricultural commissions and organizations are plowing ahead with their normal activities.
Without the usual labor force provided by students due to the coronavirus, agricultural science teachers and FFA advisors face the daunting task of running school greenhouses by themselves. Their work is crucial because springtime plant sales help finance agriculture programs year-round. Sha…
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Cattle producers can apply to compete for access to federal grazing allotments that Oregon’s Hammond Ranches lost in a court decision.
BOISE, Idaho — U.S. officials are using the coronavirus pandemic to force a through long-delayed Idaho livestock grazing allotment decision in critical sage grouse habitat for a powerful agribusiness, an environmental group says.
PHOENIX — Yvonne Knight, who has respiratory problems that make her especially vulnerable in the coronavirus pandemic, can’t buy groceries online with her food stamps — even though each trip to the store is now a risky endeavor.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The temporary head of the federal Bureau of Land Management is expected to continue overseeing the agency for another month.
BOISE, Idaho — A plan to help in the battle against devastating wildfires creates fuel breaks 400 feet wide along 987 miles of roads in southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon that will be tied into an existing fuel break system in northern Nevada.
POCATELLO — Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Idaho and its statewide workforce raised nearly $52,000 in one week to help businesses and individuals struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic.
POCATELLO — John Nelson found himself in an unusual position for a businessman preparing for a grand opening, as he sought to strike the right balance between fanfare and public safety amid a pandemic.
Intrigued with Scottish breeds of cattle as well as drones, Carson Kelly is raising Scottish Highland and Belted Galloways on his ranch near Moore in the Lost River Valley and relying on his airborne assistant to check on them and his Angus cattle.
Idaho’s farmers and ranchers are trying to balance protecting their business interests against the health and welfare of their workers as planting and grazing season begins in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
REXBURG — At Christmas, during the Sutton family’s live nativity pageant, a sturdy little animal named Sunshine carries the wise men’s packs, symbolizing offerings of incense and myrrh.
RALEIGH, NC — Veterinary hospitals are donating breathing machines, masks, gowns and other vital equipment and supplies purchased with Fido in mind, but now being redeployed to help doctors fight the spread of COVID-19 among humans.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation sending just under $400,000 to a state board to use to kill problem wolves in Idaho has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little.
KLAMATH, Calif. — The second-largest river in California has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks.