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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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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.