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Hide Slide At Ranch Rodeo

The Two Bar V Livestock’s Ranch Rodeo was held Saturday, Sept. 30, in Cottonwood. The event had 10 four-man teams competing in team branding, doctoring, sorting, trailer loading and a hide race.

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A Look Back: 1920: Cattle Eat Dynamite; Two Dead, Another Sick; Stockman Asks Damages

Frizzell Sues Bicknell to Recover for Explosions Along Highway

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Creep Feeding: the greatest chance of providing an economic return

There have been many research projects at major universities across the country over the years to address the economics of creep feeding calves.

Ag export market programs through Farm Bill contributed annually $8.2 billion

U.S. wheat farmers participate in USDA Export Promotion programs that boost U.S. farm export value by 15 Percent, create thousands of jobs.

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If the shoe fits: Lisa Hancock tells her story

“It all began with a $1,300 farrier bill,” laughed Lisa Hancock, a native Idahoan and now a well-established local farrier.

Wheat, barley breeding advance discovered by U of I, Chinese team

The report in the journal Nature Communications describes how wheat gene Ms2 yields a protein that produces male sterility in grass species. Creating sterile male breeding lines can make hybrid wheat varieties more practical to produce.

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Stockwater law benefits grazing permittees

A 10-year long court battle, courtesy of Idaho ranchers, Paul Nettleton and Tim Lowry, ended as a big plus for grazing permittees on Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands.

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Fiscus Farms

“You just have to figure it out – I didn’t really want to be retired and sitting around eating potato chips and watching Oprah,” laughed Tresa Shearer.

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Horse Training: Communication, Respect and Work Ethic

Tips from Tim McNamee

It’s important to teach your horse communication and respect and a work ethic by giving them tasks and having them feel good about accomplishing them.

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Mule Racing

Some champs lose their edge to the pack over time, some retire and fade away. And then there was Molly Bee.

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Mosman is new ag science teacher, FFA advisor; FFA open house social set for Sept. 18

A new face in education has taken over the helm of Grangeville High School’s agricultural science education; however, to Katie Mosman, Grangeville feels like home. “I grew up on a farm north of Nezperce and graduated from Nezperce High School in 2009,” Mosman said. “Being in Grangeville really does feel like home.”

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Century Farm recognizes Arnzen place

‘We had a great childhood here ...’

“John and Mary stood here 100 years ago and looked out over the prairie, wondering what they had gotten themselves into,” Bennett said.

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Neighbors helping neighbors to combat wilderness weeds

Partnerships dedicated to addressing invasive weeds demonstrated a renewed commitment to the cause this summer through various projects in wilderness areas across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

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End Of Summer Sunset In Grangeville

A brilliant sunset lit up the sky looking toward Sunset Auto Vue drive-in movie theater the night prior to the solar eclipse, Aug. 20, just outside of Grangeville.

Probation, restitution ordered in 2014 cattle theft, misbranding case

Probation and restitution were ordered for a Slate Creek man sentenced last week regarding a 2016 cattle theft and misbranding case.

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2017 Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale: Support for sale stays strong

Sales were down 24 percent from last year’s event, but support for the annual Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale stays strong. “The prices this year were lower; however, the support from the community continues to be excellent,” said Jim Church, Idaho County University of Idaho Extension Agent. “We have great support each year from Idaho County businesses and individuals.”

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Smokey Harvest at Grangeville

Despite smoke in the air and hazy skies, Mike Hauger was busy at work with harvest Sunday, Aug. 5, just off U.S. Highway 95 in Grangeville, between Powerline and Zumalt roads.

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Managing Forest Service grazing allotments: A challenge ‘staying ahead of change...’

“I have been interested in range and range management since high school,” said Steve Hiebert, recently retired range management specialist for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Raised in Pullman, Wash., the heart of wheat country, Hiebert always wanted to work in the outdoors.

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Cold, wet spring cost farmers 70-80 percent of their yields

Last year’s was a brutal winter for producers in many parts of the state

The Idaho County Commission declared an agricultural disaster during the July 25 meeting “due to unusual and excessive spring moisture conditions, which have prevented the planting of approximately 31,432 acres of spring crops, specifically 28,064 acres of spring wheat, spring canola, large garbanzo beans and green peas.”

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Crop Signs Up Throughout County

The crop signs have returned. Idaho County residents will notice crop signs – 22 are out this year — at fields along highways 95 and 13, identifying what is growing.

Aug. 1 deadline to nominate for FSA county committees

Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 6

Idaho County farmers and ranchers have until Aug. 1 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 6.

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Border Days Grand Marshal 2017: Melvin Gill - A lifetime of ranching is all Gill has ever dreamed of

Climbing up a winding road on Cow Creek from the small town of Lucile and into the Salmon River mountains, located on a strip of land that runs between the Snake and Salmon rivers, sits the Gill Ranch. “I’ve been here all my life,” smiled Melvin Gill. That lifetime has spanned nearly eight decades, but the Gill family has been in Idaho County for five generations. Melvin Gill is the Border Days Grand Marshal 2017.

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Border Days Rodeo organizers honor one of their own: Lee Woods

“He got dared to get on a bronc and he got hooked”

“He loved to be a part of it, his friends always entered it, and he was always so happy to do what he loved with the people he loved. It’ll feel a bit more special, and like he’s still there.”

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Melvin Gill chosen as 2017 Border Days grand marshal

‘No regrets’ for Cow Creek rancher

Climbing up a winding road on Cow Creek from the small town of Lucile and into the Salmon River mountains, located on a strip of land that runs between the Snake and Salmon rivers, sits the Gill Ranch. “I’ve been here all my life,” smiled Melvin Gill.

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DEQ seeks candidates to serve on Crop Residue Burning Advisory Committee

Application deadline is June 28

he Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking candidates to fill several vacancies for the committee that advises the agency on crop residue burning issues on lands other than the five Indian reservations.

USDA projects production drop for Idaho wheat

'Those prices are a little high compared to our local prices'

The forecast, dated May 1, anticipates a decline of nearly 3 percent in acreage planted and a 10-11 percent decline in yield per acre

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More than 100 participate in county spring livestock show

The annual Idaho County 4-H Spring Livestock Show was held Saturday, June 10, at the Idaho County Fair Grounds in Cottonwood.

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Farm Bureau Insurance:Seventy years serving Idaho

“I’m proud to be associated with Farm Bureau Insurance, my clients are also my friends,” said Mike Asker, Grangeville Farm Bureau Insurance agent. Agricultural producers have many assets in land, cattle, crops, buildings, and machinery that need covered by some type of insurance policy. Producers also need health coverage on themselves and their families.

Little change in county cattle count

Changes due to price variations, land availability

While numbers have significantly dropped and raised within the last five years, the current standing of cattle and calves in Idaho County, as of Jan. 1, 2017, is less than 2 percent down from head totals for this same time in 2013.

Tour June 29 on Camas Prairie grain industry

Farmers, ranchers, agri-support personnel and others interested are invited to attend a morning tour of the Camas Prairie grain industry and a hosted breakfast on Thursday, June 29. The Prairie Area Crop and Conservation Tour will start with a 7 a.m. breakfast at the Craigmont Community Center and concludes at noon. Speakers will include University of Idaho research and extension staff.

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