The government spent a record US$85.6 billion on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the fiscal year ending in September. This sum, included in an October Treasury Department report, was about 35% higher than the $63.5 billion the federal government spent in 2019.
PAYETTE — Cash is a well-trained farm dog who excels in trialing competitions and was a finalist in the 2021 American Farm Bureau Dog of the Year Contest.
Although law enforcement agencies are reporting no signs of militia activity in Cache Valley during these times filled with news reports about armed groups, a national network with paramilitary leanings reportedly has dozens of members here.
When Mark Anderson remembers his late father, two smells come to mind first: potatoes and Christmas trees.
IOLA, Wis. (AP) — They wrote it right into their business plan — an expectation that, each year, at least half the stock on which their livelihood depends would die.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Boise Cascade says it may close a plywood mill in eastern Oregon at the end of the year and lay off all the 229 people who work there.
IDAHO FALLS — For half a century, Joyce Thiel has made every day of potato harvest like a holiday for her workers.
BOISE — The J.R. Simplot Company has partnered with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to open approximately 10,000 acres of the company’s private property in southeast Idaho’s highlands for hunting, fishing and recreation use. This opportunity comes through the property’s enrollment in I…
Idaho had a relatively wet summer this year, and we dodged the August smoke season that has become a regular event over the last 25 years.
Just south of Ketchum, as you approach the junction of Idaho Highway 75 and Gimlet Road, a simple sign marks the turnoff for the Sawtooth Botanical Garden to the east. This 5-acres oasis showcases native and cultivated plants that thrive at high elevation and dramatizes the calming effect ga…
From a distance it looked like some garbage had blown into Neal Andrus’ corral on County Line Road in Jefferson County on a recent afternoon. When Andrus went to retrieve it, he found it wasn’t garbage at all but a large, black hog sleeping in the sun.
BEND, Oregon — Evan Thomas, a farmer in Jefferson County, is used to seeing the landscape around his farm covered in various shades of green. This year those colors have mostly turned to brown, with occasional clouds of dust filling the skies.
A newly released inspection report has revealed that a coronavirus outbreak at a meatpacking plant in northern Utah was more widespread than local health officials previously reported.
The Mink Creek watershed supports a wide variety of recreation uses with many quality trails and camping spots close to home in Pocatello.
MOSCOW — A top U.S. Department of Agriculture leader will explore the promise of new technologies and innovative practices for the nation’s agricultural production and its future capability during the University of Idaho Celebrating Idaho Agriculture event Oct. 9.
RENO, Nev. — Citing the government’s repeated reversals and refusals to protect a cousin of the greater sage grouse the last two decades, conservationists are suing again to try to force the federal listing of the bi-state sage grouse along the California-Nevada line.
ARBON VALLEY — Dale Tubbs paused to appreciate the splendor of the sun rising over the yellow quaking aspen trees and the contrasting dark-green junipers on a recent morning at his Bull Canyon Ranch.
Last spring, early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Pam Olsen noticed something very unusual happening.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is seeking to fast-track mining projects and could offer grants and loans to help companies pay for equipment, administration officials said Thursday, as they offered details on a plan that critics said could spoil rivers and lakes in Minnesota…
POCATELLO — In every dark cloud it is said there is a silver lining, and it appears the COVID-19 outbreak has helped Americans appreciate the agricultural industry even more.
POCATELLO — The social distancing restrictions resulting from COVID-19 have resulted in University of Idaho Extension field days being canceled this year, but they were held virtually and are available for viewing online.
RUPERT — The Minidoka County Historical Society Museum will soon have a fifth building thanks to a former Minidoka County commissioner who is donating a steel-framed building to house his collection of antique engines and farm equipment that he plans to donate to the museum.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Commissioners in a rural Idaho county have approved three ordinances aimed at giving them them authority over federal public lands despite warnings from state attorneys that the new rules are almost certainly unconstitutional.
Paul Munns had a rude introduction to running a farm.
GRACE — Gage Stoddard woke up around 5 a.m. on Thursday morning. He hopped out of bed, laced his new shoes, got into his 1995 Chevy Silverado and drove into the darkness of rural Caribou County.
Food Producers of Idaho, representing over 40 agriculture and commodity organizations in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest, joined with the Twin Falls County Fair in recognizing six Magic Valley farm families.
The smoke hung thick in the air outside from the first major wildfire of the season. The sun had that funky, dull ball of fire glow above the smoke-filled horizon.
The weather has gotten weirder and more unpredictable, but there is a small way that gardeners can take more control: finding and exploiting microclimates.
TWIN FALLS — Since late July, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has killed 41 elk to reduce crop destruction.
Farm and ranch families and others in rural counties are being strongly encouraged to make sure they are counted during the 2020 Census.
There are basically two types of cattle in the world today. One includes the European and British breeds that descended from the original wild cattle (Bos taurus) of those regions. The other includes the more heat-tolerant animals of the tropics (the hump-backed droopy-eared Zebu cattle, Bos…
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and USDA have announced the Next Gen Fertilizer Challenges, a competition to advance agricultural sustainability in the United States. The competition includes two challenges that seek proposals for new and existing fertilizer technologies to maintain…
BLANCHARD, Idaho (AP) — A wildfire in northern Idaho on Tuesday forced evacuations along a rural highway, and another destroyed an unknown number of structures.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Summer came to an abrupt halt in parts of the Rocky Mountains on Tuesday as temperatures reaching into the 90s plunged about 60 degrees in less than 24 hours, with a powerful surge of cold air from Canada unleashing snow and damaging winds in several states.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Wildfires fanned by high winds burned hundreds of thousands of acres in the Northwest, mostly destroying a small town in eastern Washington state and causing evacuations, power outages and highway closures in Oregon.
Recently released federal data shows that Idaho ranks No. 3 among the 11 Western states in total farm cash receipts and net farm income.
TREMONTON, Utah — Less than two months before the Box Elder County Fair was scheduled to take place, organizers still weren’t sure whether it would happen at all.
Governors from 22 Western states and Pacific territories want a bigger say in how the Trump administration defines habitat for wildlife protected under the Endangered Species Act, the AP reports. The new definition could have implications for how states manage imperiled animals and plants, the Western Governors Association said in a letter...
DUBOIS — Bonnie Stoddard knows the history of Idaho’s sparsest county.
BURLINGTON, Wash. — Work is wrapping up on a seasonal farm worker housing development east of Burlington, a project nine years in the making.
BOISE (AP) — Gov. Brad Little has responded to President Donald Trump’s call for a “National Garden of American Heroes” by not only suggesting nearly two dozen people, but also offering Idaho as a potential monument site.
ALBIN — Ron Rabou is no hemp-necklace-wearing hippy.
Neither evening stocks nor jasmine tobacco are particularly worthy plants by day. But as darkness falls, the petals of each of these flowers unfurl to release a delicious, heavy scent.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought hard times for many farmers and has imperiled food security for many millions both in the cities and the countryside.
POCATELLO — There are some new, friendly reminders on the trail for your adventures in the West Fork Mink Creek area.
CALDWELL — The Watson family of Parma is the 2020 Canyon County Farm Family of the Year, selected by the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Committee. The Watsons are a fourth-generation farm family, raising onions and other produce since 1912.
Put a “wow” in your radishes by growing winter varieties. Winter radishes grow more slowly than spring radishes, requiring about two months to mature, and they remain crisp and tasty for eating throughout the winter.
The National Park Service, in partnership with the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, a division of the Idaho State Historical Society, has added three Idaho properties to the National Register of Historic Places.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former oil industry attorney will continue calling the shots for a government agency that oversees nearly a quarter-billion public acres in the U.S. West, despite the White House saying over the weekend that President Donald Trump would withdraw the nomination of Wil…
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington has killed the last two known wolves in the so-called Wedge pack in Stevens County, which had been preying on livestock, the Department of Fish and Wildlife said Monday.
The decline of bee populations has gotten a lot of national attention, but a more flamboyant pollinator is garnering local support for rehabilitation: the monarch butterfly.
Sage grouse numbers have remained mostly flat this year, according to data from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The growth of the elk population in parts of Idaho has caused state wildlife officials to step up efforts to reduce the number of animals damaging private property with various methods, including nighttime sharpshooters.
BOISE, Idaho — A giant Idaho forest project favored by some environmental groups but decried by others is on hold again following a federal court ruling.