GRANGEVILLE – Katie Mosman hasn’t let any grass grow under her feet during the past two years.

BOISE — Dr. Michael Parrella, Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Idaho, presented the Agriculture Research and Extension Service’s budget for fiscal year 2020 Wednesday morning to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.

    Two Idaho County ag producers will be presenters at the upcoming Three Rivers Grazing Conference in Lewiston. Dion Heckman of White Bird, and Derrick Stuivenga of Grangeville, will be presenting on using drones for cattle surveillance and herding.

      The 128-year-old Bodine Farm was recently awarded a Century Farm honor. Frederick and Susan Elizabeth Shearer moved from Winchester, Va., in 1852, going first to Parks Bar, Calif., then to Elk Creek, near Riggins, where they operated a ferry and sawmill. They then moved to Mt. Idaho and purchased the present farm (178 acres) near Grangeville in 1891 from the federal government.

        Incumbent Mark Baune will be seeking re-election to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Idaho County Committee in elections to be held next month. Mailing began last week for ballots to eligible agricultural producers, and these must be returned the Idaho County FSA office by Dec. 3.

          Fall is here, and with it fall calving for some and weaning spring born calves for others. This is a good time to evaluate the body condition of your cattle. Cattle producers are invited to a body condition scoring of beef cattle class on Friday, Oct. 26, at the Cottonwood Livestock Auction in Cottonwood.

            PULLMAN, Wash. - So small it can't be seen with the naked eye, a parasitic worm called the root-knot nematode causes mammoth problems for Northwest farmers. Potatoes, grapes and other crops could gain a new, nature-based way to fight back, thanks to Cynthia Gleason and Jennifer Watts, scientists at Washington State University.

              The Idaho Beef Council’s investment in the PNI this year funded multiple retail promotions with major regional chains as well as several business development teams that have traveled to the Pacific Northwest — the latest team visiting during May 2018.

                According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service there are 2.4 million head of cattle in Idaho as of Jan. 1, 2018. Idaho County reports 32,500 head. According to the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, the state is “the 3rd largest dairy-producing state in the nation, with more than 14 billion pounds of milk produced in 2015.”

                Working ranch hands will compete for prizes, and bragging rights, at a ranch rodeo event this Saturday, Sept, 29, at the Two Bar V Livestock Arena west of Greencreek off U.S. Highway 95. Events start at 10 a.m., and admission is free with families encouraged to attend. Food concessions will be available.

                  The Idaho County Carcass Show and Judging Contest was held on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Sonnen Meats in Greencreek. 4-H and FFA members were given instruction on how to qualify and yield grade beef and sheep carcasses and how to determine USDA grades on swine carcasses.

                    Young horse enthusiasts participated in the 2018 Idaho County 4-H Horse Show Saturday, July 28, at the Grangeville Border Days Arena. 24 youth took part in the show to complete their 4-H projects. The judge for the show was Amber Hartley of Asotin, Wash., and Klae O’Brien of Moscow, was the trail class judge while Dorothy Jentges of Greencreek was the ranch trail judge.

                      The crop signs have returned. Idaho County residents will notice crop signs – 25 are out this year — at fields along highways 95 and 13, identifying what is growing. The outreach started in 2016 through the Idaho County Farm Service Agency office as part of the nationwide USDA initiative, “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food.” Pictured are (L-R) Richard Spencer, NRCS; Kylie Gonsalves, FSA; Erica Baldus, FSA.

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