TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new U.S. government management plan unveiled Friday clears the way for coal mining and oil and gas drilling on land that used to be off limits as part of a sprawling national monument in Utah before President Donald Trump downsized the protected area two years ago.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park has transferred 55 wild bison to a Montana Indian reservation under a program that aims to establish new disease-free herds of the animals, park and tribal officials said Friday.
COLFAX, Wash. (AP) — Harvest time in eastern Washington usually brings out tractors, trucks and other modern machinery as farmers bring in their crops.
If someone were to drive by as Nick McCoy, 83, and Larry Thomas, 78, cut hay in pastures south of Bozeman, it might seem as though they’ve entered a time warp.
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.
West Nile virus has been confirmed this summer in mosquitoes and birds in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming, putting humans, horses and other animals at risk.
BOISE – Wolf depredations on livestock in Idaho reached a record level during the past fiscal year, which ended June 30.
Food Producers of Idaho, representing over 40 commodity and farm organizations in Idaho, has named the 2019 Featured Farm Families for Twin Falls County Fair.
TWIN FALLS — Chobani has a new president.
BLACKFOOT — Hunter Owens is a 14-year-old with a business card and his own “hedge fund.”
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.
McDonald’s Corp. spent nearly $136 million on Idaho agricultural commodities to supply its fast food restaurants during 2018, according to a recently released corporate report.
RITZVILLE, Wash. — Larry Yockey seeded 1,200 acres of wheat last fall as he always did.
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.
CALDWELL — In 1917, C.M. Van Slyke moved to the Treasure Valley and opened a row crop and fruit farm in Caldwell. He couldn’t have known that years later, the community would build an agricultural museum in his name.
Jackpine Lavender, Ann and Jeff McMullen
Signups opened in August for the Market Facilitation Program, a USDA program to assist farmers who continue to suffer from damages because of unjustified trade retaliation from foreign nations. Through MFP, USDA will provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to impacted producers, part …
GENEVA — Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth’s land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making food more expensive, scarcer and less nutritious.
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.
David R. Montgomery, University of Washington
GREELEY, Colo. — A drone soared over a blazing hot cornfield in northeastern Colorado on a recent morning, snapping images with an infrared camera to help researchers decide how much water they would give the crops the next day.
MEETEETSE, Wyo. (AP) — A ranch in northern Wyoming where black-footed ferrets were discovered in the 1980s is being preserved.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved on Monday to weaken how it applies the 45-year-old Endangered Species Act, ordering changes that critics said will speed the loss of animals and plants at a time of record global extinctions .
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s sage-grouse numbers have dropped 52% since the federal government decided not to list the birds as an endangered species in the fall of 2015.
When it comes to getting the field work done, you can’t beat a nice, big tractor with padded seats, air conditioning and enclosed cabs — but those don't have the same charm and character that comes with Grandpa’s old tractor.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to prevent the state of Washington from killing more wolves from a pack that is preying on cattle.
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) — China decided Monday to meet President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat with defiance, letting its currency drop to an 11-year low and halting purchases of U.S. farm products.
Reigning as queen of That Famous Preston Night Rodeo is McKenna Ward, from Burley. Her first attendant is Taylor Hymas, of Ovid, and second attendant is Hadley Seeds from West Point, Utah.
That Famous Preston Night Rodeo Committee is $300,000 closer to their goal to enlarge the capacity of and improve their arena. Local grocery store owner Larry Stokes and his children have pledged $300,000 toward the effort.
Agriculture can be as much a lifestyle as it is an occupation. Farmers often don’t retire — they just keep on working. That’s not always easy, though, as back problems, knee problems and any number of other disabilities can get in the way.
BURLEY — When he was 8, his pig was the Cassia County Fair grand champion. He grew up near Burley and graduated from Declo High School, then received an East Asian studies degree from Harvard before spending years in business, often working internationally.
FORT HALL – The 56th Annual Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival started Thursday as Native Americans from tribes across the U.S. and Canada gathered at Fort Hall to watch and participate in the biggest outdoor powwow in Idaho.
BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken an initial step to reauthorize a predator-killing poison that injured a Pocatello area boy and killed his dog.
REXBURG — On Aug. 9, David Wood and his family were honored with the Century Farm Award.
DOWNEY — There’s no guesswork involved in assessing the quality of animals raised as 4-H projects for Idaho’s county fairs, thanks to technology made available by a group of University of Idaho Extension educators.
DOWNEY — In addition to showing off a rabbit he raised as a 4-H project, Owen Paul honored a personal hero at the Bannock County Fair — a family friend named Colin Veltman.
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 …
Last year, Karisa Cutright was in a Madison County 4-H club. This year, at age 19, she’s leading it.
TWIN FALLS — It’s a long shot, but a chance remains that a Buhl native could be the nation’s next first lady.
A county fair ends in one short week, yet behind-the-scenes local residents have been toiling for a year to organize it.
CHEYENNE – Kneeling beside a horse, Katie Seabaugh uses a portable X-ray machine to make sure a needle slides perfectly inside the horse’s hock.
EAST TROY, Wis. (AP) — Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews will headline Farm Aid 2019 when the music and food festival visits Wisconsin’s struggling dairy country in September.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Reports of bears coming down from the mountains and rummaging through backyards and campgrounds in Utah have more than doubled from the same time last year following a wet spring and an increase in their numbers, wildlife officials say.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A judge says he won’t block sheep grazing in a mountain range on the Idaho-Montana border despite worries by wildlife advocates that federally-protected grizzly bears could be harmed.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge will allow eastern Oregon ranchers who were convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land to graze cattle on parts of a federal allotment this season on a limited basis.
Idaho Beef Council giving tickets to Chukars game
CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — Women are running about one-third of the farms in Idaho, but agriculture officials say that’s nothing new.
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.