Farming and ranching are obviously a big part of the lives of many in North Central Idaho. From how the economy is affected by farming and ranching to advancements in technology, we've got you covered.
Heckman, Stuivenga presenting on using drones for cattle surveillance, herding
Reauthorization of the Farm Bill will provide the certainty agriculture producers in Idaho and across the nation need as they continue to face a challenging farm economy while ensuring the continuation of important research, promotion and conservation programs
"FSA loans are designed to make sure that everyone has access to credit including underserved, and beginning farmers and ranchers"
A variety of factors can affect forest, range, and crop-land health. Current Topics is an annual program that provides landowners and managers with some of the latest information on issues that impact the achievement of land management goals.
- Tree Assistance Program (TAP) - Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) - Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)
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.
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.
For Sydney Rylaarsdam, it’s been cows since day one. Born into a cattle family and helping feed almost since she could walk, the Grangeville 16-year-old is immersed in cow culture.
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.”
GREENCREEK – “How old do you think this tree was?” Idaho Forest Group’s Glenn Poxleitner asked a group of kids as he held up a cut tree ring to them. “Two? Forty?” kids yelled out.
Within the classic sport of rodeo lies a traditional core going back to its traditional roots.
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.
Robinson learned to work on the family cattle ranch – an ethic that has served him throughout his life.
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.
Landowners in Idaho and Lewis counties are sought for participation in a program to implement cover crops that target soil health and water quality improvements.
A Beef Quality Assurance Training class will be held on Monday, Sept. 24, at the Ketch Pen on Tammany Creek Road in Lewiston.
When it comes to trying new things, Brent Uhlorn is up for the challenge. “These are black oil seed sunflowers and it’s our first try with them,” Brent said. “We’re undecided if we will try them again. Will know more after harvest.”
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.
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.
Nominations are now being accepted by Aug. 1 for USDA’s Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Idaho County Committee. Forms to nominate yourself or another producer are available at the Idaho County FSA Office in Grangeville.
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.
Based on July 1, 2018 conditions, production of winter wheat in Idaho is forecast at 59.0 million bushels, down 4 percent from the June 1 forecast but up 10 percent from last year.
The second annual Idaho Young Cattle Producer’s Conference (YCC) was held in July in Caldwell and the surrounding area. Twenty-two emerging beef leaders, younger than 40, successfully completed the intensive 3-day program, which was presented by University of Idaho Extension and the Idaho Cattle Association.
Agricultural producers in Idaho and Clearwater counties who lost property due to recent flooding disasters are eligible for physical loss loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The Idaho Organization of Resource Councils (IORC) and the Idaho Interfaith Roundtable Against Hunger (IIRAH) see major problems with H.R. 2, the US House of Representatives’ version of the Farm Bill.
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking candidates to fill three environmental representative positions on a committee that advises the agency on crop residue burning issues. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 1.
Amendments introduced by Risch allow Idaho and other states to have greater involvement with Sage-Grouse management and monuments designation, and would prioritize funding for wheat and barley scab research
Producers interested in LIP or ELAP should contact their local USDA service center. To apply, producers will need to provide verifiable and reliable production records and other information about their operation.
Preregister by this Friday for the Prairie Area Crop and Conservation Tour, set for Tuesday, June 26. All farmers and ranchers, agri-support personnel, and other interested persons are welcome to attend this morning tour of the Prairie Area grain industry and a hosted breakfast.
The bill passed by the committee June 13 will next be debated on the Senate floor. The current farm bill expires Sept 30.
Eligible farmers, ranchers, and private landowners can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office now through Aug. 17
Tour topics include spring wheat and barley varieties, pea and lentil varieties, spring/winter canola/rapeseed variety nurseries, winter wheat nurseries, and annual forages and cover crops for the Camas Prairie.
Idaho winter wheat production is forecast at 61.4 million bushels, up 15 percent from last year.
Farmers and ranchers who have not responded by June 15 still have until the end of July to complete the Census online through the secure website found on the cover of their Census form. Phone follow-up and personal interviews will also continue through July.
With the small, stressed hard red winter (HRW) wheat crop getting the lion’s share of attention, it was an initial surprise to read in USDA’s May World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) that U.S. wheat production is expected to increase to 49.6 million metric tons (MMT) in 2018/19. That would be up 5 percent year over year, if realized.
The University of Idaho (UI), CHS Primeland and Limagrain Cereal Seeds (LCS) invite grain growers and their guests to the first annual Northern Idaho Collaborative Field Day. Ag experts from across the region will gather at Lindsay Creek Vineyards on Tuesday, June 19, to share the latest in grain research, genetics, varieties and commodities. RSVP to attend is by Friday, June 8.
Interested in starting a small farm? Wonder what it would take, and if you’re ready? “Is a Small Farm in Your Future?” is the title of a one-day workshop set this Friday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is the first time this workshop has been offered in the Upper Clearwater area.
About 1.7 million acres of forest land in Idaho is family-owned, representing about 36,000 landowners and 56 percent of all privately-owned forest land in the state. As much as 560,000 acres, or 33 percent of family owned forests in Idaho, are likely to have new owners within five years, according to a new survey released this month.
Potato stocks in Idaho on April 1, 2018 totaled 50.0 million cwt., according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Disappearance of the Idaho crop to date was 81.3 million cwt.
"The individual's point of view - that I want something better than what I've been feeding my family, or I've been eating for my own health benefits - I think we see a change," she says. "In all of these little small towns around here, we have every summer, small farmers markets that run for six weeks, two months, which is a step in the right direction."
Idaho noxious weed officials are warning Idahoans that the state’s generally mild winter coupled with warming temperatures means conditions are prime for an early and aggressive emergence of Idaho’s 67 different species of invasive and damaging noxious weeds plus new prohibited genera.
All Wheat Acres Planted in the Northwest up 3 percent from 2017 Barley Acres Planted in the Northwest up 4 percent
Wheat, barley and oats stored levels in comparison to a year ago
The need for timely reauthorization of the next Farm Bill is a message heard clearly in my travels around Idaho and meetings with food producers. I thank Idahoans for input on this important legislation and encourage you to continue to share your views as Farm Bill reauthorization discussions take shape.
In a matter of three days, a controversial anti-trespassing bill was amended and, with amendments, passed by the Idaho Senate and the House. To become law, HB 658 just needs to be signed by the governor. The bill, which has received hours of testimony and debate in public hearings, increases penalties for trespass and ultimately overhauls current civil trespassing laws.
"Conservation Innovation Grants play a critical role in developing and implementing new methods to help our customers conserve natural resources, strengthen their local communities, and improve their bottom lines"
Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to renew their Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contract. Applications to renew expiring contracts are due by April 13.
March 20 is National Agriculture Day – a day designated each year by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) to celebrate the accomplishments of agriculture. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) joins the council in thanking American agricultural producers, especially in Idaho, for their contributions to the nation’s outstanding quality of life.
Registration deadline is next Tuesday, March 13, for this month’s Idaho County Cooperative Weed Management Invasive Plant Workshop. The no-cost workshop will be Wednesday, March 21, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Grangeville Elks Lodge
University of Idaho Extension presents “Keeping the Legacy Alive: Working Together for a Better Future” beginning March 20 in Lewiston. This is the last time this award-winning workshop for area farmers and ranchers will be offered.
Private pesticide applicator training and testing will be offered in Nezperce on Feb. 28 and March 1, presented by University of Idaho Extension. Testing will be on March 2. This free course is offered locally in Lewis County for area farmers, ranchers and fieldmen every other year.
While the committee ultimately voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill, S1208 did generate concern about the wages paid to inmate workers and their insurance coverage. “These (people) are working a long, hard, eight-hour day… so are you going to pay them more?” asked Rep. Ryan Kerby, R-New Plymouth.
The Federal grazing fee for 2018 will be $1.41 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.41 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service. The 2017 public land grazing fee was $1.87.
This workshop series focuses on topics that assist landowners in producing and marketing agriculture products that are sold locally
“Special Projects is a way for different agricultural and timber stakeholder groups and NRCS customers to work collaboratively with us to address local priorities”
Idaho growers seeded 730,000 acres of winter wheat for the 2018 crop, up 1 percent from 2017, but down 5 percent from the 2016 crop
All wheat stored in all positions on December 1, 2017 totaled 57.0 million bushels in Idaho, down from 72.5 million bushels a year ago. Off-farm stocks were down 25 percent, while on-farm stocks were down 16 percent compared to the previous year. - Updates on barley, oats stocks
Title transfer allows for local control of Idaho’s water resources. It reduces federal costs and liability associated with owning aging infrastructure. It allows operational decisions to be made in a timelier and more cost-effective manner. Financing for maintenance and rehabilitation is more accessible.
"We ask that everyone respond promptly to represent themselves, their communities, and their industries, and to do so online, if possible. NASS heard customer feedback and worked hard to produce a user-friendly online questionnaire that saves time for producers and improves data quality."
Owning cattle can also be a way of obtaining additional income from your rural property, and grazing can qualify you for property tax categories that lower valuation and reduce your property tax bills.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation earlier this month announced interest rates for January 2018. The Commodity Credit Corporation borrowing rate-based charge for January is 1.625 percent, up from 1.500 percent in December.
“What if someone comes in and successfully argues that your permit shouldn’t be renewed or this land shouldn’t be subject to grazing at all because there’s no water right here? Oh, let’s go to court and talk about that. Whoops, looks like it’s forfeited. And then where are you at? You didn’t file your claim.”
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.
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.
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.