Feb. 9 deadline apply SBA federal disaster loan

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Boise District Office reminds Idaho small businesses of the Feb. 9 deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by the landslide and State Highway 14 closure in Idaho County that began on Feb. 18, 2016.

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

Century Farm Family: Stubbers

The Stubbers family at the family farm in Greencreek not only had the kids home for Christmas, they also received a Century Farm certificate and plaque from the Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS), the Idaho Department of Agriculture and the governor’s office.

January 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

On grazing cover crops

Planting cover crops as a rotational crop to improve soil health has gained a great deal of momentum across the country. The farmers in the upper mid-West have been the leaders in adopting this practice. In addition to improving soil health, cover crops are providing an excellent forage source for cattle producers.

December 14, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

USDA microloans for small needs

These “farm operating microloans” can be used for tools, equipment, livestock, seed, fertilizer, utilities, even marketing, distribution and certification expenditures. But unlike conventional FSA farm operating loans, the microloan offers a simplified application process, and eligibility requirements have been modified to recognize new and smaller operations.

December 14, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Necessary tool in toolbox, ‘but we don’t want to abuse it’

“Our line of work is a lifestyle,” said Clark Tacke, president of Idaho County Grain Growers. Farmers have been tilling soil, planting seeds, harvesting crops, and burning stubble for generations. Stubble burning is crop beneficial to many; to others it is environmentally unsafe. Idaho’s Crop Residue Burning (CRB) program has a long and rather troubled history.

August 24, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Help sought in skeletonweed fight

Idaho noxious weed experts have placed Rush skeletonweed near the top of their list of priority weeds to eradicate and are asking Idahoans for their help in attacking this highly invasive weed that has infested more than a million acres of Idaho’s land.

August 24, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Commodity loans now available to Idaho County producers

Idaho County farmers feeling the pinch this harvest now have an option to receive assistance. Producers can take advantage of low interest rates by obtaining 9-month commodity loans through the FSA for 2016 crops. “Idaho County looks beautiful right now and while yields are high, unfortunately, prices are not,” says Julie Fowler, Farm Service Agency County Executive Director. “There are FSA commodity loans available which farmers could benefit from.”

August 24, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Market Report


August 17, 2016 midnight read more..

Falling numbers diminish wheat crop

Idaho County farmers who were frustrated at the already poor wheat markets are now shaking their heads in dismay over further losses. “Now we’re seeing widespread poor falling numbers,” Brian Lorentz said. “The majority of what we’ve seen now has poor falling numbers.”

August 4, 2016 2:25 p.m. read more..

Harvests In View

Bales of hay stand in a field just off Old Highway 7 west of Grangeville. Advanced Welding and Steel, Inc., and Idaho Forest Group can be seen in the background.

July 21, 2016 3:52 p.m. read more..


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