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Necessary tool in toolbox, ‘but we don’t want to abuse it’

“Our line of work is a lifestyle,” said Clark Tacke, president of Idaho County Grain Growers. Farmers have been tilling soil, planting seeds, harvesting crops, and burning stubble for generations. Stubble burning is crop beneficial to many; to others it is environmentally unsafe. Idaho’s Crop Residue Burning (CRB) program has a long and rather troubled history.

Help sought in skeletonweed fight

Idaho noxious weed experts have placed Rush skeletonweed near the top of their list of priority weeds to eradicate and are asking Idahoans for their help in attacking this highly invasive weed that has infested more than a million acres of Idaho’s land.

Commodity loans now available to Idaho County producers

Idaho County farmers feeling the pinch this harvest now have an option to receive assistance. Producers can take advantage of low interest rates by obtaining 9-month commodity loans through the FSA for 2016 crops. “Idaho County looks beautiful right now and while yields are high, unfortunately, prices are not,” says Julie Fowler, Farm Service Agency County Executive Director. “There are FSA commodity loans available which farmers could benefit from.”

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Falling numbers diminish wheat crop

Idaho County farmers who were frustrated at the already poor wheat markets are now shaking their heads in dismay over further losses. “Now we’re seeing widespread poor falling numbers,” Brian Lorentz said. “The majority of what we’ve seen now has poor falling numbers.”

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Harvests In View

Bales of hay stand in a field just off Old Highway 7 west of Grangeville. Advanced Welding and Steel, Inc., and Idaho Forest Group can be seen in the background.

All wheat, barley, oats stocks stored in Idaho up

All wheat stored in all positions on June 1 totaled 21.8 million bushels in Idaho, up from 18.2 million bushels a year ago, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Northwest FCS market Snapshots show strong crops, varied returns

Waning returns for grain, feed and livestock are in contrast to stable or improved returns for forest products, according to the July Northwest Farm Credit Services Snapshots report.

NASS reporting wheat, barley oats production on July 1 conditions

Idaho wheat, barley and oats production is being reported by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Farm Credit Services a helping hand to area farmers, ranchers

100 years, still growing

“Without U.S. production there would be no need for Farm Credit Services, so the fact that FCS has been around for 100 years is truly a testament of how important agriculture is to our country, and the world for that matter”

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Cow Town

Cows run the long driveway at the Wayne James ranch on Reservation Line Road outside of Grangeville.

July 15 FSA deadline report on county spring planted crops

Producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits, according to Idaho County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director Julie Fowler.

FSA county committee nominations due Aug. 1

Nominations are currently being accepted for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees. The nomination period opened June 15, and nominations are due to the USDA Service Center in Grangeville by Aug. 1

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McIntire tops in breeding beef at livestock show

The annual Idaho County 4-H Spring Livestock Show was held Saturday, June 11, at the Idaho County Fair Grounds in Cottonwood.

Ag Briefs

- Hay stocks in Idaho up 6 percent from year ago - Idaho wheat production up 2 percent from 2015 - Effort to reach 200,000 transitioning military



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