Carl and Nessie Zitlau, of the Zitlau Valley Farm and the Granite Creek Ranch received the Century Farm and Ranch Award on Aug. 14. The Century Farm and Ranch Awards honors and recognizes families that have continuously owned and actively farmed or ranched the same land their ancestors did 1…
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Sept. 15 that federal protections may need to be restored for gray wolves in the western U.S. after Republican-backed state laws made it much easier to kill the predators.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The effects of the drought and heat on trees won’t be fully known until next spring, tree experts in Oregon say.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming will ask the federal government to remove its protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region and permit the region's three states to manage and potentially allow hunting of the big bruins in certain areas, Gov. Mark Gordon said Thursday.
BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Oregon are stepping up efforts to kill wolves from a pack in the eastern part of the state due to continued attacks by the animals and evidence they are now focusing on livestock.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is moving the national headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees 245 million acres in Western states, back to the nation’s capital after two years in Colorado.
CALDWELL — Canyon County residents voiced strong support for preserving their region’s agricultural operations in their responses to a survey intended to help guide a new comprehensive plan for their county.
MALAD — Oneida County farmers and ranchers are still looking for answers to why two long-time and well-liked employees in the USDA’s Malad office were suspended and what that means for the county agricultural producers going forward.
The 2021 edition of the Upper Valley Open Horse Show is set for Saturday September 18th.
For 21 years now, the silver Cortney Wickham memorial buckle has blessed both the giver and the receiver.
Recently released federal data show that Idaho, once again, is the top Western state when it comes to farm income on a per capita basis.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to the severe drought conditions in the West and Great Plains, the USDA announced Sept. 8 its plans to help cover the cost of transporting feed for livestock that rely on grazing.
Christopher Morgan will be the new vice president, mining and manufacturing for the J.R. Simplot Company’s AgriBusiness division, effective Sept. 27.
SHOSHONE — The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input on a commercial-scale wind energy facility that is proposed to be constructed on BLM-managed public land in southern Idaho, approximately 25 miles northeast of Twin Falls. Magic Valley Energy LLC, an affiliate of LS Power, is s…
SPOKANE, Wash. — Summer brought with it a double-edged threat to the lungs: not only the continuation of the pandemic but another wildfire smoke season.
BLACKFOOT — The couple who started and have overseen The GARDEN at the Eastern Idaho State Fair for the past dozen years are retiring and moving to Moscow, leaving care of the site in the eastern part of the fairgrounds to area master gardeners.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a few high-profile conservation success stories – like the dramatic comeback of bald eagle populations in North America – birds of prey are in decline worldwide.
BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Cattle producers for 35 years have been bankrolling one of the nation’s most iconic marketing campaigns, but now many want to end the program that created the “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” slogan.
American Agri-Women to head to Phoenix for national convention
Wade Sperry is both an agricultural professional and a believing Latter-day Saint — so he regards the historic drought parching the Western United States from two distinct angles.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. wildfire managers have started shifting from seasonal to full-time firefighting crews to deal with what has become a year-round wildfire season as climate change has made the American West warmer and drier. The crews also could remove brush and other hazardous fuels …
MOSCOW (AP) — A wildfire burning a few miles north of Moscow was threatening buildings and prompting mandatory evacuations, officials said Tuesday afternoon.
KIMBERLY — Mario de Haro Marti is making tea. It’s not black tea or green tea, it’s compost tea.
SITES, Calif. (AP) — In 2014, in the middle of a severe drought that would test California’s complex water storage system like never before, voters told the state to borrow $7.5 billion and use part of it to build projects to stockpile more water.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A western Montana sawmill is closing this fall, putting 99 people out of work when they finish processing its remaining log supply, likely by mid-November.
BOISE — Gov. Brad Little has signed a proclamation declaring the period of 2020-2030 as the Decade of Agriculture in Idaho.
This year’s drought in Idaho is not unprecedented but it is one of the state’s driest years on record.
BOISE — Empty cow pastures on one day can be bustling with hundreds of firefighters the next as fire camps with colorful tent cities spring up.
(AP) — Record low numbers of steelhead are returning to the Columbia River this year, prompting conservationists and anglers alike to call for a halt to recreational fishing for the sea-run fish.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington on Thursday ordered the killing of one or two wolves from the Togo pack in Ferry County in response to repeated attacks on cattle.
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is trying to bring back Idaho’s state tree to its former prominence.
NEW YORK (AP) — On an assemblage of vacant lots and other pockets of unused land in the Bronx, gardeners from low-income neighborhoods have banded together to create over a dozen “farm hubs,” coordinating their community gardens and their harvest.
On Aug. 18, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will end use of chlorpyrifos — a pesticide associated with neurodevelopmental problems and impaired brain function in children — on all food products nationwide. Gina Solomon, a principal investigator at the Public …
STANLEY — The Western Watersheds Project won the Champion Creek grazing lease at a state land auction this week in Jerome.
LEWISTON — Humans aren’t the only ones facing the vaccination question. State veterinarians are urging horse owners to have their animals vaccinated against a recent outbreak of West Nile virus — a potentially fatal disease for horses.
BOISE — A unanimous Idaho Supreme Court has overturned a restrictive new initiative law passed by the Idaho Legislature this year, ruling it unconstitutional.
Organic food once was viewed as a niche category for health nuts and hippies, but today it’s a routine choice for millions of Americans. For years following passage of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, which established national organic standards, consumers had to seek out organic pr…
FIREBAUGH, Calif. (AP) — As temperatures recently reached triple digits, farmer Joe Del Bosque inspected the almonds in his parched orchard in California’s agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley, where a deepening drought threatens one of the state’s most profitable crops.
QUINCY, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters battling flames in Northern California forests girded Monday for new bouts of windy weather, and a utility warned thousands of customers it might cut their electricity to prevent new fires from igniting if gusts damage power lines.
PAYETTE — Idaho Farm Bureau Federation members in the southwestern part of the state will lead an effort to try to find a solution to slow the rapid loss of farmland that is occurring in some parts of the state.
WASHINGTON — Included in the sweeping $1 trillion infrastructure bill approved by the Senate is funding for Western water projects that farmers, water providers and environmentalists say are badly needed across the parched region.
When Roby Roberts first started working for the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center, he was surprised by the amount of water monitoring data that is available but not shared between organizations and agencies.
TWIN FALLS — Plans to build a hub to support food innovators and entrepreneurs are moving forward.
The Spiral Jetty remained submerged under the surface of the Great Salt Lake and out of sight for more than 20 years not long after it was built in 1970.
Thick smoke that held down winds and temperatures in the zone of the largest single wildfire in California history cleared Monday from scenic forestlands, allowing firefighting aircraft to rejoin the battle to contain the massive Dixie Fire.
The 2017 Census of Agriculture showed that about a third more women were involved as principal operators on farms and ranches in the United States compared with the 2012 census year.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Blackfoot rancher Dennis Lake anticipated his cattle would have to make an early exit from their water-starved range before the end of this month or by early September at the latest.
SAN FRANCISCO — Baby salmon are dying by the thousands in one California river, and an entire run of endangered salmon could be wiped out in another. Fishermen who make their living off adult salmon, once they enter the Pacific Ocean, are sounding the alarm as blistering heat waves and exten…
GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California’s largest wildfire continued to grow Wednesday as thousands of firefighters prepared for a tougher fight as dangerous weather returns.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Lightning bolts struck the parched forests of southern Oregon hundreds of times in 24 hours, igniting some 50 new wildfires even as the nation’s largest wildfire continued to burn less than 100 miles (161 kilometers) away, officials said on Monday.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal land managers have begun efforts to capture about 50% more horses than they originally planned this year on rangeland across the West because of severe drought conditions.
Members of The York Grange, founded in 1938, have made sizeable donations to two organizations in two East Idaho counties.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved killing up to four uncollared wolves in eastern Oregon’s Baker County, where officials say the Lookout Mountain wolf pack attacked four cows in 14 days.
A Midwestern company plans to build a manufacturing facility at the Pocatello Regional Airport where post-frame buildings will be constructed according to customers’ specifications and delivered elsewhere for assembly.