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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 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.

Little Goose Lock and Dam

River system to get repairs, but politics, activism and regulation cloud Pacific trade prospects

The flow topped 125,000 cubic feet per second in on March 11, 2014, here, at the second of the Snake River dams grain barges encounter below Clarkston. Rain and thawing at lower elevations brought the water down uncommonly early that spring, but apart from its timing, the flow was nothing out of the ordinary.

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Efficient Winter Feeding: Group and Evaluate

With J. Benton Glaze, Jr., Ph.D.

Feed represents the largest portion of a beef cattle operation’s variable costs.

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Equine Therapy with Jessi Guinn

Massage therapy can be life-changing for horses, owners

Jessi Jean Dammerman Guinn knows that horses, like people, are not always what they seem.

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Camas Farms: a childhood necessity turns into business

Gardening is something Kelan Johnson has been involved in his entire life.

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Lindsay Creek Vineyards: destined for growth

In 2007, Art and Doug McIntosh of Lewiston launched an effort to add vintners to their resume. Theirs was already impressive, including fourth-generation grain farmers, work for the Associated Press as a photographer, and as jazz musicians who toured Europe.

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Grain producers far from getting rich

In a bumper year where wheat producers are reporting great yields, one would expect Idaho farmers might meet or exceed their breakeven point...

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Tim McNamee: Riding home on a loose rein

A technique to add to your bag of tools

You’ve been out with your horse and you’re heading home. Your horse knows where you’re heading and he can’t wait to get there. You must hold him back to keep him from grabbing another gear. As you do, he’s learning to push on the bit and drop his belly- the opposite posture you want to practice.



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