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New Camas Prairie crop? Grapes make appearance at Uhlorn farm

The Uhlorn family farm just outside of Cottonwood toward Fenn may have had a few sideways looks in the past few years.

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Hart, extension agent, honored with ESP award

Ken Hart, University of Idaho/Lewis County Extension Educator, was recently recognized for a national honor.

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Public, private lands help support domestic livestock grazing

Leasing grass on open space

The odds are every substantial ranch has a pasture called the School Section or Schoolhouse. Ranchers utilize grass on state ground fenced in with deeded property through a lease. The lessee is authorized to use the number of acres identified on this lease for grazing domestic livestock at the identified rate.

USDA Safety-Net programs trigger for Idaho farmers

The USDA Idaho Farm Service Agency announced approximately 1,600 (13 percent) of Idaho farms who enrolled in the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill will soon begin receiving financial assistance for the 2014 crop year.

Value of Idaho’s 2014 agricultural production totals $8.8 billion

Milk remained leading agricultural commodity in state

The value of Idaho’s 2014 agricultural production reached $8.8 billion, setting a new record high, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is an 8 percent increase from the 2013 revised figure.

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Ranching, hunting can be allies, beneficial to each other

Idaho County Free Press “Ranchers and hunters can be great allies, as well as great antagonists,” said Roy Kinner, Grangeville Senior Conservation Officer. Hunting season is upon us. While many ranchers enjoy hunting themselves, this time of year can be viewed as an opportunity or detrimental.

Market Report

Cottonwood Livestock Auction, Oct. 23; Lewiston Livestock Auction, Oct. 21; Grangeville Grain Market (CHS Primeland), Oct. 27.

Oct. 16 deadline to apply through NRCS for general EQIP

EQIP helps agricultural producers complete resource conservation project

Deadline is Oct. 16 to apply with for the general Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) through the Idaho Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to be considered for fiscal year 2016.

USDA programs to assist producers with wildfire recovery efforts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers and ranchers affected by this summer’s wildfires that their agency has programs to assist with their recovery efforts.

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Feed turned to ash: In fires’ aftermath, ranchers on blackened ground have few choices

Dry conditions, high winds, and lightning were ingredients for a disaster recipe; one that many Idaho County residents were forced to swallow.

Assistance for fire-affected ag producers

NRCS accepting apps to rehabilitate private land burned in wildfires

Extension Notes: Working capital to drop significantly in 2015 for region’s ag producers

Harvest is behind us and farmers are busy seeding winter wheat for the 2016 crop. You may have heard some rumblings that crops were not very good this year on the prairie.

Idaho winter wheat planting down in 2015

Idaho planted 750,000 acres of winter wheat in 2015, down 30,000 acres from 2014 according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

County authorized for CRP haying, grazing use

Idaho County is one of eight counties in the state authorized by the Idaho Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committee for emergency haying and grazing use through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres due to drought.

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Market Report

Cottonwood Livestock Auction, Sept. 25; Lewiston Livestock Auction, Sept. 23; CHS Primeland, Sept. 28.