Agriculture



Grain industry presentation set Jan. 23 in Greencreek

Current looks into and information on the grain industry will be presented at the Prairie Area Cereal School, set for Tuesday, Jan. 23, in Greencreek. Administrators from the Idaho wheat and barley commissions will give market overviews, production, research and commission activities, including Kelly Olson, IBC administrator, who will be retiring in 2018.

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


NAFTA under negotiations

The Trump administration has not backed down from their controversial stances at the NAFTA negotiations, which have some working in Idaho agriculture worried about the possibility of increased costs to export agricultural goods and the possibility of job losses in farming and food manufacturing.

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Workshop series to help aspiring small farmers

Helping a new generation of farmers take root is the goal of a University of Idaho Extension workshop series, “Starting Your Sustainable Small Farm in Idaho.” The workshop series will begin with an introductory webinar Jan. 8, 6-7 p.m., followed by three all-day in-class sessions, a wrap-up event and two farm tours.

January 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Forest health issues driving harvest project

“People here think of that as ‘their mountain,’ and they’re [Prairie Tree Farms] very attentive to that, and to the public as this view being very important to them,” said Glenn Poxleitner, forester/log buyer for Idaho Forest Group (IFG) in Grangeville, which is providing timber management services for the company.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

USFS Center-Johnson Project focus of Jan. 3 public meeting

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests last week announced scoping of the Center-Johnson Project, a proposed action of timber harvest, fuels treatments, grassland treatments and road work including decommissioning of 11 miles of road in watersheds three miles west of Slate Creek.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Wheat plays important role in Idaho County, state economy

Items don’t just appear in a neat package on the store shelf for consumers to buy. With the holiday baking season upon us, take a moment to think about how much work was put into producing each ingredient, and appreciate the agriculture producers in our area. Wheat production plays an important role in Idaho’s economy, creating jobs and income, not only in the production process, but also in transportation, storage, milling and input supply industries.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Jan. 9 grazing conference set in Lewiston

The 14th annual Three Rivers Grazing Conference will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Williams Conference Center on the campus of Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston. The conference begins at 8 a.m. with a trade show featuring pasture and range equipment and supplies. At 9 a.m., the presentations will begin.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

NAFTA under negotiations; a brief look at Idaho agriculture

The contention that surrounded NAFTA 23 years ago still permeates today’s government, as more stakeholders and Congress members voice their concerns about the ongoing negotiations and how they will affect trade with Canada and Mexico. NAFTA virtually eliminated tariffs on raw and processed agricultural goods, eliminated tariffs on manufactured products such as automobiles, and created protections for intellectual property rights between the US, Canada and Mexico.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Administration scrapping NAFTA could impact Idaho agriculture

Idaho agriculture, which accounts for 20 percent of the total economic output in Idaho, could be in for changes as President Trump leans towards scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and as renegotiations continue between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Billups sends off Yuba tractor headed to auction this month

A piece of Camas Prairie old iron is headed east to corn country. Last Friday, Oct. 27, the approximate four-ton 1917 Yuba Model 20-35 four-cylinder gas engine tractor was secured to a Bell Equipment flatbed truck pending shipment to an auction house in Davenport, Iowa. A sunny fall morning reflected across the tractor’s glossy green paint, still pristine from a restoration effort undertaken more than a decade ago by Ted Billups of Grangeville.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


‘Thank A Farmer’

Children at Cornerstone Christian Learning Center at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene recently learned about farm tractors from local farmer Mike Hauger on “Thank a Farmer Day.” Hauger showed the kids the tractor parts and answered their questions about the machinery, crops and farming in general.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Fall prescribed burns planned on Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will be conducting prescribed burns throughout the forest this fall as weather allows. Fire managers considered smoke effects from the long-duration fire season and prescribed burning will focus on reducing fuels that have been piled and create spring planting areas for reforestation.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Preparing for End of the World: USFS rolls out forest health project south of Grangeville

Prescribed burning was a concern for Grangeville couple, Dick and Lois Geary, who questioned Forest Service officials last week concerning a potential project south of Grangeville. They asked about areas designated for fuels and possible prescribed burns – including close to their property – that take up a sizeable portion of the approximate 49,500-acre End of the World project map. “We want to work with you as landowners,” said Salmon River District Ranger Jeff Shinn, discussing the burns proposed for these areas, along with repeating a theme throughout last Wednesday’s meeting this project will be shaped by public comments and concerns.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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