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FENN – What’s up with that pile of grain outside of Grangeville? With bigger harvests, and more coming to the elevators on each grain truck, that million-bushel ground pile at the Columbia Grain International facility at Fenn was what was needed to keep up with supply, as well as demands.

It was a perfect, warm, yet breezy Saturday, July 25, for swathing hay in this field off Mt. Idaho Grade Road.

“FOOD Brings Everyone to the Table” is the theme for this year’s Ag Day – March 24th. Our country’s farmers and ranchers work hard to provide food and clothing for our country and the world. The Idaho County Farm Service Agency is proud to honor our local farmers and ranchers and recognize t…

BOISE -- A bill that would remove sales tax on custom meat processing in certain cases is headed to the House floor after the Revenue and Taxation Committee voted unanimously to approve it last Monday, Feb. 17.

BOISE -- A proposal to create a plan for regulating industrial hemp in Idaho will move to the full Senate floor for a vote after farmers turned out in support at a legislative committee meeting Feb. 20. 

    Idaho has been listed as one of the fastest growing states in the union. No matter where you live in the state you are seeing unprecedented growth and development in many communities of the Gem State. The theme of the 2020 Idaho Ag Summit is Rural Resilience- Surviving Growth.

    BOISE -- The Idaho State Department of Agriculture proposed a new program aimed at helping Idaho farmers keep their farms in the family during the department’s legislative budget hearing last week.

      GREENCREEK -- Area farmers and ranchers, agri-support personnel, and the general public are welcome to come for a morning of information about the grain industry and a complimentary lunch at the Prairie Area Cereal School, set for Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Greencreek.

        LEWISTON -- University of Idaho Extension will present the “North Idaho Agricultural Outlook Seminar” on Friday, Jan. 10, at the Red Lion Hotel in Lewiston. The seminar will help area farmers and ranchers understand the current situation in agricultural markets and projected outlook for thos…

          COTTONWOOD -- The Idaho County Farm Bureau annual dinner meeting will be held Friday, Nov. 15, 5:30 p.m. in the Cottonwood Community Hall. The featured speaker will be Brent Frei, who will talk about TerraClear, an automated solution for rock picking.

            Before there were weather apps for the smartphone, Doppler radar, or the National Weather Service, our ancestors looked to the signs from nature to prepare for what’s to come. These were passed down from generation to generation and were recently shared by Farmers’ Almanac as bits of weather…

              PUYALLUP, Wash. – The 2019 Washington State Fair Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show was held in Puyallup, Wash., Sept. 8. Angus exhibitors led 81 entries at the show.

                Although wheat and barley continue to be the mainstays of North Central Idaho’s farm scene, flashier crops, including grapes, hemp and sunflowers are garnering a lot of attention. Meanwhile, technological advancements are the big news in ranching. Welcome to The Idaho County Free Press’s lat…

                  CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Grange will host its annual chili feed on Saturday, Oct.5. Chili, corn bread, beverage and desserts are on the menu and cost is a donation. Proceeds from the chili feed help to maintain the historic hall in Clearwater.

                    COTTONWOOD – HUB will sponsor its 2019 crop insurance meeting this Thursday, Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m., at Cottonwood Community Hall. Pepper Harman, Bryan Higgins and Kevin Duling will all be offering 2019 damage information, current crop coverage and future needs.

                      Fall leaves were decorating Pioneer Park last Saturday, Sept. 14, as vendors plied their wares at Saturday’s Grangeville Farmers’ Market. That market day featured a special event, “Exploring Your Health and Home” with related services and offerings.

                      COTTONWOOD – Rod Behler practically teethed on the tires at Fred’s Body Shop. He was 2 years old when his father purchased the George Kaschmitter Building in 1959.

                      COTTONWOOD – With the guidance of Grangeville High School agricultural sciences teacher Katie Mosman-Wilson, the 2019 Idaho County Fair was good to Grangeville FFA.

                      Another year is in the books for the Idaho County Fair. Here’s a look at some of the week’s events, which included lots of animal time, talent, royalty, pigtails and fair food. (To view the slide show, click on the right arrow in the top right corner.)

                      It was a dusty harvest evening on Canyon Road outside of Grangeville Saturday, Aug. 17.

                      It was a good day for haying in Cottonwood Saturday, July 6. This young farm worker was busy baling hay on Substation Road in the late afternoon.

                      GRANGEVILLE – Four area teens are in the running for queen and princess to represent the Border Days 2020 rodeo. Riding competition and interviews were held at the Border Days arena last Friday, June 28, with Brittney Benavidez, Erin Chmelik, Kaylee Page and Josie Remacle participating. Sele…

                      GRANGEVILLE – Four area teens are in the running for queen and princess to represent the Border Days 2020 rodeo. Riding competition and interviews were held at the Border Days arena last Friday, June 28, with Brittney Benavidez, Erin Chmelik, Kaylee Page and Josie Remacle participating. Sele…

                      In Idaho, potatoes have long been the staple crop of our agricultural sector and economy. We are responsible for about 30 percent of the country’s total potato production. That production goes a long way in feeding the rest of the country, as potatoes are the leading vegetable crop and the s…

                        CRAIGMONT -- Prairie Area Crop and Conservation Tour will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 7 a.m., at the Craigmont Community Hall. All farmers and ranchers, agri-support personnel, and other interested persons are welcome to attend a hosted breakfast and morning tour of the Prairie Area grain i…

                          As of May 10, Idahoans must obtain a fire safety burn permit from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) before starting certain controlled burn activities. Permits can be obtained online at burnpermits.idaho.gov or in person at IDL offices in Kamiah and Craigmont.

                            GRANGEVILLE – The Bicentennial Historical Society will host Dave Bodine Tuesday, April 9, noon, in the basement of the Bicentennial Museum, 305 N. College Street Grangeville. The regular monthly meeting will follow.

                              North Central Idaho's economy centers around farming and ranching. From advancements in technology to legislative changes, the Farm and Ranch section is the place to look for stories affecting the industries.

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