McMillan, Nuxoll receive “Friend of Agriculture” award
Two District 7 legislators were recently honored by the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) with its “Friend of Agriculture” award.
This spring has produced ideal growing conditions for area crop fields, pastures and ranges. The rain and warm temperatures have really helped the crops.
After the Fire:
University of Idaho Extension is offering: After the Fire: Ventenata Control Field Tour in Kamiah on Thursday evening, May 26. This May 26 program will provide a summary of herbicides and their effects on ventenata as well as a discussion of the specific effects observed in the demonstration plots.
Livestock-wildlife disease interaction
“Certain livestock/wildlife interaction can be a problem, most wildlife interactions are not,” said Roy Kinner, senior conservation officer for Idaho Fish and Game. Unfortunately, disease transmission from wildlife to livestock and vice versa does occur. This creates a challenging animal health issue for livestock owners, animal health authorities, and wildlife conservationists.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
SALES YARDS, GRAIN MARKET
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.