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‘Farmers need to spend more time telling their story’

Camas Prairie producer, Rosenau, represents Idaho grain producers on Capitol Hill

“You meet good people from all across the nation who are fighting the same fight as you,” said Jonathan Rosenau, Idaho County state director for Idaho Grain Producers Association (IGPA). IGPA’s mission is to serve the grain producers of Idaho by representing their production interests at the county, state and federal levels in order to enhance their profitability and long-term viability. Rosenau, a fourth generation dryland Camas Prairie crop producer, is passionate about this mission and jumped at the chance to speak for Idaho agriculture.

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Region’s producers eligible for funding to restore fence

April 16 deadline

Landowners in Idaho, Lewis, Clearwater and Nez Perce counties impacted by wildfires in 2015 may be eligible for assistance to restore damaged fence under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) administered by the Farm Service Agency. Producers who have suffered a loss from the 2015 wildfires may contact the local FSA County Office and request assistance through April 16

April 19 workshop focus on common broadleaf weeds of Clearwater Valley, how to control

Event in Orofino

University of Idaho Extension is offering a workshop: Common Broadleaf Weeds of the Clearwater Valley and How to Control Them. Set for Tuesday, April 19, in Orofino, this program is designed for the small-acreage landowner residing in the Clearwater Valley who has problems with some of the region’s most common broadleaf weeds found in pastures, rangeland, timber, by corrals and outbuildings, and around the rural home.

Mixed outlook forecasted for Pacific Northwest

NWFCS Market Snapshots report:

Most Northwest reservoirs and stores of select commodities share a common trait entering spring – they’re full or nearly full. Ample water supplies suggest a positive production season in all but Montana. However, oversupply of commodities in the dairy, hay and wheat markets weighs heavily on higher prices, and returns are near breakeven. A strong dollar and beleaguered exports further challenge most markets.

March Rural Land Purchasing workshops set for Lewiston; Programs set for March 17-31

Three consecutive Thursday evening workshops will be held in Lewiston March 17-31 on rural land purchasing. The theme is “So You Want to Buy a Ranch? Rural Land Purchasing 101.” Workshops are designed to inform prospective buyers of the significant factors that make purchasing rural land more complex than buying the typical house in town. Issues such as water rights, wells, easements, financing, location, government assistance programs, and appraising rural land value are only some of the topics that will be covered.

March workshops in Orofino set on producing marketing ag products

Through March, University of Idaho Extension—Clearwater County is offering the Small Farms & Community Food Systems workshop series (formerly Cabin Fever Series).

Region’s producers may be eligible for assistance to restore fence damaged by wildfires through emergency program

April 16 deadline to request FSA assistance

Landowners in Idaho, Lewis, Clearwater and Nez Perce counties impacted by wildfires in 2015 may be eligible for assistance to restore damaged fence under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) administered by the Farm Service Agency.

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Ranchers don’t intend their livestock to be roadway hazard

Open range:

“Open range is an interesting law from way back,” said Doug Giddings, Idaho County Sheriff. The western open-range tradition originated from the early practice of unregulated grazing in newly acquired western territories, which was codified in the laws of Western U.S. as they developed written statutes, dating back to the 1880s.

Wheat stocks stored up from 2014

Winter wheat seedings in the NW up 2 percent

All wheat stored in all positions on Dec. 1, 2015, totaled 55.5 million bushels in Idaho, up from 50.1 million bushels a year ago, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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SALES YARDS, GRAIN MARKET

Ferdinand workshop set Feb. 9 on soil health

NRCS presentation on implementing the carbon cycle into farming operations

Marlon Winger, Soil Health Specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, will be participating in a workshop in Ferdinand next Tuesday. On Feb. 9, he will talk at the Soil Health Workshop at the Assumption Parish Hall, 514 Maple Street in Ferdinand. Winger’s presentation will cover implementing the carbon cycle into farming operations along with the available tools to measure soil health.

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Productive agriculture landowners get a break at tax time

Property taxes came due Dec. 20, providing a significant source of revenue for local governments and public schools. For ranchers and farmers with several hundred to several thousand acres, the tax bill can quickly add up. Fortunately, productive landowners get a break when it comes tax time. The agricultural program, also known as the ag exemption, reduces the taxable value of agricultural land.

Feb. 1 deadline for producers to apply for Livestock Forage Disaster Program

Idaho County agricultural producers have until Feb. 1 to apply for benefits through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), reminds the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Greencreek hosts cereal school on Jan. 26

Register by Jan. 15

Grain industry issues and research will be the focus of the Tuesday, Jan. 26, Prairie Area Extension Cereal School. Preregister for this informational session, to be held at the Greencreek Community Hall, by Friday, Jan. 15. All ag producers, agri-support personnel and the public are invited to attend.

Jan. 15 deadline for Ag Land Easement Program

Farmers and ranchers have until Jan. 15 to apply to take part in the Agricultural Land Easement program. The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) was created by the 2014 Farm Bill to protect critical water resources and wildlife habitat, and encourage private owners to maintain land for farming and ranching. Through the voluntary sale of an easement, landowners limit future development to protect these key resources.

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