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McIntire tops in breeding beef at livestock show

The annual Idaho County 4-H Spring Livestock Show was held Saturday, June 11, at the Idaho County Fair Grounds in Cottonwood.

Ag Briefs

- Hay stocks in Idaho up 6 percent from year ago - Idaho wheat production up 2 percent from 2015 - Effort to reach 200,000 transitioning military

Dist. 7 legislators honored by IFBF

McMillan, Nuxoll receive “Friend of Agriculture” award

Two District 7 legislators were recently honored by the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) with its “Friend of Agriculture” award.

Spring produced ideal conditions for area ag

Extension Notes:

This spring has produced ideal growing conditions for area crop fields, pastures and ranges. The rain and warm temperatures have really helped the crops.

Ventenata control field tour May 26 in Kamiah

After the Fire:

University of Idaho Extension is offering: After the Fire: Ventenata Control Field Tour in Kamiah on Thursday evening, May 26. This May 26 program will provide a summary of herbicides and their effects on ventenata as well as a discussion of the specific effects observed in the demonstration plots.

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Health issue challenge for owners, authorities, conservationists

Livestock-wildlife disease interaction

“Certain livestock/wildlife interaction can be a problem, most wildlife interactions are not,” said Roy Kinner, senior conservation officer for Idaho Fish and Game. Unfortunately, disease transmission from wildlife to livestock and vice versa does occur. This creates a challenging animal health issue for livestock owners, animal health authorities, and wildlife conservationists.

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‘Farmers need to spend more time telling their story’

Camas Prairie producer, Rosenau, represents Idaho grain producers on Capitol Hill

“You meet good people from all across the nation who are fighting the same fight as you,” said Jonathan Rosenau, Idaho County state director for Idaho Grain Producers Association (IGPA). IGPA’s mission is to serve the grain producers of Idaho by representing their production interests at the county, state and federal levels in order to enhance their profitability and long-term viability. Rosenau, a fourth generation dryland Camas Prairie crop producer, is passionate about this mission and jumped at the chance to speak for Idaho agriculture.

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Region’s producers eligible for funding to restore fence

April 16 deadline

Landowners in Idaho, Lewis, Clearwater and Nez Perce counties impacted by wildfires in 2015 may be eligible for assistance to restore damaged fence under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) administered by the Farm Service Agency. Producers who have suffered a loss from the 2015 wildfires may contact the local FSA County Office and request assistance through April 16

April 19 workshop focus on common broadleaf weeds of Clearwater Valley, how to control

Event in Orofino

University of Idaho Extension is offering a workshop: Common Broadleaf Weeds of the Clearwater Valley and How to Control Them. Set for Tuesday, April 19, in Orofino, this program is designed for the small-acreage landowner residing in the Clearwater Valley who has problems with some of the region’s most common broadleaf weeds found in pastures, rangeland, timber, by corrals and outbuildings, and around the rural home.

Mixed outlook forecasted for Pacific Northwest

NWFCS Market Snapshots report:

Most Northwest reservoirs and stores of select commodities share a common trait entering spring – they’re full or nearly full. Ample water supplies suggest a positive production season in all but Montana. However, oversupply of commodities in the dairy, hay and wheat markets weighs heavily on higher prices, and returns are near breakeven. A strong dollar and beleaguered exports further challenge most markets.

March Rural Land Purchasing workshops set for Lewiston; Programs set for March 17-31

Three consecutive Thursday evening workshops will be held in Lewiston March 17-31 on rural land purchasing. The theme is “So You Want to Buy a Ranch? Rural Land Purchasing 101.” Workshops are designed to inform prospective buyers of the significant factors that make purchasing rural land more complex than buying the typical house in town. Issues such as water rights, wells, easements, financing, location, government assistance programs, and appraising rural land value are only some of the topics that will be covered.

March workshops in Orofino set on producing marketing ag products

Through March, University of Idaho Extension—Clearwater County is offering the Small Farms & Community Food Systems workshop series (formerly Cabin Fever Series).

Region’s producers may be eligible for assistance to restore fence damaged by wildfires through emergency program

April 16 deadline to request FSA assistance

Landowners in Idaho, Lewis, Clearwater and Nez Perce counties impacted by wildfires in 2015 may be eligible for assistance to restore damaged fence under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) administered by the Farm Service Agency.

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Ranchers don’t intend their livestock to be roadway hazard

Open range:

“Open range is an interesting law from way back,” said Doug Giddings, Idaho County Sheriff. The western open-range tradition originated from the early practice of unregulated grazing in newly acquired western territories, which was codified in the laws of Western U.S. as they developed written statutes, dating back to the 1880s.

Wheat stocks stored up from 2014

Winter wheat seedings in the NW up 2 percent

All wheat stored in all positions on Dec. 1, 2015, totaled 55.5 million bushels in Idaho, up from 50.1 million bushels a year ago, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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