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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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Cattle numbers in Idaho County largely unchanged

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.

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Grass tetany in cattle: Steps to reduce ‘grass staggers’ during cool, rainy weather

We have all heard about grass tetany and several of you may have experienced it firsthand on your ranch, so this article will probably not be breaking ground in regards to new information, but I thought it would be good to have a review on this subject.

Idaho County farmers, ranchers to be contacted for 2017 Census of Agriculture

Idaho County farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

Emergency loss loans available to county producers

Physical loss loans may be made to eligible farmers and ranchers to repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property essential to the success of the agriculture operation, including livestock losses.

Wheat plantings down, barley and hay up in Idaho

Wheat producers in Idaho expect to plant 1.175 million acres of wheat for harvest this year, down slightly from 2016, according to estimates released this month from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Animal care access critical to Idaho agriculture

Guest Opinion

Access to quality animal care is critical to Idaho’s agricultural economy. But, too often, ranchers and farmers cannot access the care they need because of a lack of veterinarians.

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Cottonwood FFA earns honors at state

'This learning experience can pave the way for career choices'

With only a few years under its belt, the Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization at Prairie High School (PHS) earned some recognition recently. PHS walked away with respectable honors after the 86th Idaho FFA State Leadership Conference April 5-8 in Twin Falls.

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Fire safety burn permits through IDL required starting May 10

Starting Wednesday, May 10, Idahoans must obtain a fire safety burn permit from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) before starting certain controlled burn activities. The permits can be obtained online at www.burnpermits.idaho.gov or in person at IDL offices.

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Farm And Forest Fair: More Than Just Cattle

Fourth and fifth graders from throughout the area met at Greencreek Community Hall for the annual Farm and Forest Fair Wednesday and Thursday, April 19 and 20.

2017 Weather impacts on grain product, production

With extended durations of ground snow and above-average meltoff, Idaho grain growers have already seen a preview of what this season has in store for them.

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Regional stats: good to excellent returns on 2016 harvests

Regional producers saw a good to excellent return on wheat and barley harvests in 2016, compared with dismal totals reported the prior year, per estimates released this winter by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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The legend we knew as Lonesome

Cowboys and mountain men possess a definitive amount of tenacity. There’s a grit deep in their veins as thick as the dirt beneath their nails.

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Marek talks livestock brand inspections

More than two million head of Idaho livestock, including horses, were inspected last fiscal year.

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Megan Snyder: The Fashionable Farmer

Megan Snyder of NezPerce is spicing up country living with her Facebook page and vlogs, “The Fashionable Farmer.”

Ag land values in limbo

Several factors will come into play in 2017 that will determine the direction of land values. Within Idaho, the outlook is relatively stable rates that continue to favor landowners.

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Bell Equipment, INC

Family business, family values

Gordy Webster took a chance in 1978. He bought into Bell Equipment with his friend, Gary Stapleton, and moved his family from Seattle to Nezperce.

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