POCATELLO — East Idaho farmer Marquee Ricks has won the American Farm Bureau Federation Discussion Meet, an event that is meant to hone the public speaking and problem-solving skills of young farmers and ranchers.
The world’s vital insect kingdom is undergoing “death by a thousand cuts,” the world’s top bug experts said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status, a massive reversal from the Trump administ…
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Environmentalists have filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S government to block plans to build up to 11,000 miles (17,700 kilometers) of fuel breaks they contend would violate the Endangered Species Act in a misguided effort to slow the advance of wildfires in six Wester…
BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildlife advocates on Thursday asked a federal court to overturn a U.S. government decision that stripped Endangered Species Act protections for wolves across most of the nation.
BOISE — A recently formed Idaho trade group seeks to save independent restaurants that have been hammered by the government-ordered restrictions related to COVID-19.
TWIN FALLS — The Idaho Beef Council is giving the University of Idaho $250,000 to create a meat science research endowment.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Carrie Dann, a Native American land rights activist, Nevada rancher and longtime leader of the Western Shoshone Nation, has died.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive blazes, according to a study released Monday.
INKOM — Learning to sew is a birthright for women in Ariana Long’s family.
RAWLINS, Wyoming — “I do not support delaying this project for any length of time. I will lawyer up and we will start playing that game.”
The federal Bureau of Land Management has proposed to award grazing privileges to Burns, Oregon, ranchers who lost their permits in 2014 and served prison time for committing arson on public lands.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — An environmental group has no legal standing to challenge the specifics of recovery plans for endangered species, a judge in Montana has ruled.
BURLEY — Preliminary reports show the Cassia County Fair & Rodeo will have a $10,000 net loss after it receives an $18,000 CARES ACT reimbursement for the fair and rodeo held in August.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A $900 billion pandemic relief package that Congress approved on Monday night contains several provisions that should significantly help the nation’s farmers, according to leaders with the National Potato Council.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — An elk has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in an area of northwestern Wyoming where the animals congregate during the winter at feedgrounds.
When Teton County looked at widening a county road, West 6000 South, by more than a foot on each shoulder, county officials knew that there would be impacts to adjacent wetlands near the headwaters of the Teton Rive and some mitigation would be required.
At the winter meeting of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, Lori Roberts introduced a new tool to keep the peace between grizzly bears and humankind — “bear smart” communities, inspired by the model used in British Columbia, Canada.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Conservation groups filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to withhold Endangered Species Act protection from wolverines in the lower 48 states, where no more than 300 of the animals are thought to remain.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials on Tuesday declared the monarch butterfly “a candidate” for threatened or endangered status, but said no action would be taken for several years because of the many other species waiting for that designation.
POCATELLO — Similar to how iron sharpens iron, young farmers and ranchers help their fellow producers hone their public speaking and problem-solving skills during Idaho Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Discussion Meet.
Preston Rancher Jay Wilde had a dream — to restore beavers to Birch Creek.
MISSOULA, Montana — WildEarth Guardians and a coalition of wildlife advocates filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the Trump administration’s decision to deny protections to imperiled wolverines under the Endangered Species Act. This is the second time the Fish and Wildlife Service has priorit…
Three things have shaped Abby Rowe into the person she is today — potatoes, gymnastics and Spanish.
BOISE (AP) — Conservation groups are blasting a Trump administration decision officials said will reduce wildfires by streamlining environmental reviews of timber salvage projects.
BOISE, Idaho — A land exchange between the U.S. and an Idaho agribusiness will expand a giant toxic waste pile next to tribal land and harm tribal members, an eastern Idaho tribe said in a lawsuit.
BLACKFOOT — Ron Barrett carves western saddles that are life-sized and appear so realistic an equestrian might be tempted to strap one on a horse and ride off into the sunset.
CALDWELL — Wayne Hungate’s holistic ranching method has enabled him to graze a bigger herd on a much smaller acreage of pasture, and yet his forage always seems to grow back thicker and more verdant than before.
On Friday, December 4th, 2020, at 11:22 PM, Idaho State Police investigated an injury crash on Lewisville Highway near Parri Drive, just north of Idaho Falls.
HAILEY — Central Idaho cattlemen were generally skeptical when the staff at the University of Idaho’s Rinker Rock Creek Ranch began replacing miles of barbed wire with wildlife-friendly fencing.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates sued the federal government Tuesday in a bid to force officials to do more to conserve Canada lynx, a snow-loving cat that has struggled to survive in parts of the U.S. West.
The Lemhi River meanders for 60 miles through a big valley in this quiet corner of Eastern Idaho before it flows into the Salmon River. Motorists on Idaho Highway 28 might marvel at the wide open spaces and peaceful, bucolic scenes, with sprinklers watering hay fields, cattle grazing and san…
A 13-year-old boy was killed Saturday near Rexburg after he was run over by the tractor he had been driving.
Although the novel coronavirus has been the death of some businesses, it appears Montana ranch sales are cruising along at a heated pace.
BOISE — The Idaho Water Resource Board has agreed not to divert 200 cubic feet per second of streamflow under its recharge water rights from Dec. 1 through Feb. 15, allowing that amount of water to remain the Snake River for other uses, including hydropower production, below Milner Dam in th…
Restoring native habitats to at least 20% of the world’s land currently being used by humans for farming, ranching and forestry is necessary to protect biodiversity and slow species loss, according to a newly published study conducted by a team of environmental scientists including us.
POCATELLO — After nearly 15 years of being discussed, put on hold and then discussed again, the Idaho Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment is actually happening.
The Pocatello-based Sagebrush Steppe Regional Land Trust has set a goal of recruiting 80 new members and raising at least $16,000 in funds from individual donors by the year’s end.
The Donald Trump administration announced plans Thursday that ease protections for sage grouse in the West, prompting an outcry by critics who say the move paves the way for widespread mining and drilling and ignores a federal court ruling.
PORTLAND, Oregon — One of the last areas to be electrified is farm equipment, but Sustainable Northwest, a nonprofit based in Portland, wants to change that as it embarks on a pilot project across eastern Oregon to explore whether electric tractors will work in the region.
LA PINE, Ore. (AP) — People in two counties in rural Oregon voted to push their lawmakers to consider moving their communities into Idaho, which they say is more representative of their political views.
The forestry sector — landowners, logging companies and sawmills — have lost an estimated $1.1 billion in 2020. Devastating wildfires and Hurricane Laura have played a part, but the COVID-19 pandemic has also contributed to significant losses. If workers are required to stay home, then no tr…
AMERICAN FALLS — Regional farmers would generally agree commodity markets have been for the birds throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
BOISE — A investment firm’s proposal to swap private timberland in northern Idaho for up to 44 square miles of public state land in and around the tourist destination of McCall faced opposition Tuesday from local governments, environmental groups and private citizens.
OOLAGAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation has agreed to buy the ranch where Will Rogers was born from the Oklahoma Historical Society.
A slow-moving crisis threatens the U.S. Central Plains, which grow a quarter of the nation’s crops. Underground, the region’s lifeblood – water – is disappearing, placing one of the world’s major food-producing regions at risk.
PORTLAND, Ore. — A coalition of environmental and fishing groups are suing a water district in southern Oregon over an aging, privately owned dam that they say hinders the passage of struggling salmon populations in the pristine North Umpqua River.
BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Wildlife advocates and environmental groups are challenging the removal of federal protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S.
An Idaho State University research team has received a $1.3 million grant to study how streams that typically go dry for much of the year affect downstream water quality.
BOISE — Idaho Rural Water Association (IRWA) earns the 2020 State Association of the Year Award in the Awards of Excellence competition awarded by National Rural Water Association (NRWA). This is the second time IRWA has earned this award since its incorporation in Idaho in 1987.
Before knowing much about land trusts, Ashton farmer John Nedrow thought they were some kind of sinister force seeking to take over his farm and force landowners off their property.
JACKSON (AP) — Grand Teton National Park officials have ended an effort to kill off the park’s nonnative mountain goats for now.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A new management plan that will guide future decisions and address urgent issues like climate change has been approved for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
BOISE — A meager return of sockeye salmon to central Idaho this year despite high hopes and a new fish hatchery intended to help save the species from extinction has fisheries managers trying to figure out what went wrong.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife has argued that a group run by a fishing guide has no legal standing after the group challenged the agency’s management of salmon in the region.