Farm and Ranch



High-tech culverts on Deer Creek open up seven miles of steelhead spawning habitat

Three years ago, Katherine Thompson was out chukar hunting with neighbor and friend, Tom Fliss, who’s a commissioner on the Deer Creek Road District. They were hunting on steep, grassy slopes on the Zumwalt property, upslope from the Salmon River near White Bird. They paused to look at a road culvert on Deer Creek, next to the Salmon River. “It was undersized and too high for fish to pass,” said Thompson, a fish biologist for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

Permittees encouraged to file claims to protect water, property rights

“What if someone comes in and successfully argues that your permit shouldn’t be renewed or this land shouldn’t be subject to grazing at all because there’s no water right here? Oh, let’s go to court and talk about that. Whoops, looks like it’s forfeited. And then where are you at? You didn’t file your claim.”

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Grain industry presentation set Jan. 23 in Greencreek

Current looks into and information on the grain industry will be presented at the Prairie Area Cereal School, set for Tuesday, Jan. 23, in Greencreek. Administrators from the Idaho wheat and barley commissions will give market overviews, production, research and commission activities, including Kelly Olson, IBC administrator, who will be retiring in 2018.

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


NAFTA under negotiations

The Trump administration has not backed down from their controversial stances at the NAFTA negotiations, which have some working in Idaho agriculture worried about the possibility of increased costs to export agricultural goods and the possibility of job losses in farming and food manufacturing.

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Workshop series to help aspiring small farmers

Helping a new generation of farmers take root is the goal of a University of Idaho Extension workshop series, “Starting Your Sustainable Small Farm in Idaho.” The workshop series will begin with an introductory webinar Jan. 8, 6-7 p.m., followed by three all-day in-class sessions, a wrap-up event and two farm tours.

January 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Wheat plays important role in Idaho County, state economy

Items don’t just appear in a neat package on the store shelf for consumers to buy. With the holiday baking season upon us, take a moment to think about how much work was put into producing each ingredient, and appreciate the agriculture producers in our area. Wheat production plays an important role in Idaho’s economy, creating jobs and income, not only in the production process, but also in transportation, storage, milling and input supply industries.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Jan. 9 grazing conference set in Lewiston

The 14th annual Three Rivers Grazing Conference will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Williams Conference Center on the campus of Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston. The conference begins at 8 a.m. with a trade show featuring pasture and range equipment and supplies. At 9 a.m., the presentations will begin.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

NAFTA under negotiations; a brief look at Idaho agriculture

The contention that surrounded NAFTA 23 years ago still permeates today’s government, as more stakeholders and Congress members voice their concerns about the ongoing negotiations and how they will affect trade with Canada and Mexico. NAFTA virtually eliminated tariffs on raw and processed agricultural goods, eliminated tariffs on manufactured products such as automobiles, and created protections for intellectual property rights between the US, Canada and Mexico.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Administration scrapping NAFTA could impact Idaho agriculture

Idaho agriculture, which accounts for 20 percent of the total economic output in Idaho, could be in for changes as President Trump leans towards scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and as renegotiations continue between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Billups sends off Yuba tractor headed to auction this month

A piece of Camas Prairie old iron is headed east to corn country. Last Friday, Oct. 27, the approximate four-ton 1917 Yuba Model 20-35 four-cylinder gas engine tractor was secured to a Bell Equipment flatbed truck pending shipment to an auction house in Davenport, Iowa. A sunny fall morning reflected across the tractor’s glossy green paint, still pristine from a restoration effort undertaken more than a decade ago by Ted Billups of Grangeville.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


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.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
     

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.

September 26, 2017 11:41 a.m. read more..


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.

September 26, 2017 11:27 a.m. read more..
 

Mule Racing

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

September 26, 2017 11:02 a.m. read more..
   

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.

August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

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.”

August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


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.

August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..