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Free nitrate screening offered at Idaho County Fair to private well owners

Testing on Wednesday, Aug. 16, Thursday, Aug 17

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will offer free nitrate screening for private well owners at the Idaho County Fair in Cottonwood from noon to 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 16) and Thursday, Aug 17.

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Smokey Harvest at Grangeville

Despite smoke in the air and hazy skies, Mike Hauger was busy at work with harvest Sunday, Aug. 5, just off U.S. Highway 95 in Grangeville, between Powerline and Zumalt roads.

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Managing Forest Service grazing allotments: A challenge ‘staying ahead of change...’

“I have been interested in range and range management since high school,” said Steve Hiebert, recently retired range management specialist for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Raised in Pullman, Wash., the heart of wheat country, Hiebert always wanted to work in the outdoors.

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Cold, wet spring cost farmers 70-80 percent of their yields

Last year’s was a brutal winter for producers in many parts of the state

The Idaho County Commission declared an agricultural disaster during the July 25 meeting “due to unusual and excessive spring moisture conditions, which have prevented the planting of approximately 31,432 acres of spring crops, specifically 28,064 acres of spring wheat, spring canola, large garbanzo beans and green peas.”

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Crop Signs Up Throughout County

The crop signs have returned. Idaho County residents will notice crop signs – 22 are out this year — at fields along highways 95 and 13, identifying what is growing.

Aug. 1 deadline to nominate for FSA county committees

Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 6

Idaho County farmers and ranchers have until Aug. 1 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 6.

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Farm to school: Riggins Elementary makes use of program

“There is something about growing your own food that makes kids willing to try things they normally wouldn’t touch,” said Tracy Travis, fifth grade, Riggins Elementary School (RES) teacher.

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First ‘Young Cattle Producers Conference’ slated to be annual event

In the third week of June, young cattle producers from across the state came to Twin Falls to attend the first-ever Idaho Young Cattle Producer Conference (IYCPC), presented by the University of Idaho College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Beef Program of Distinction, U of I Extension, and the Idaho Cattle Association.

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DEQ seeks candidates to serve on Crop Residue Burning Advisory Committee

Application deadline is June 28

he Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking candidates to fill several vacancies for the committee that advises the agency on crop residue burning issues on lands other than the five Indian reservations.

USDA projects production drop for Idaho wheat

'Those prices are a little high compared to our local prices'

The forecast, dated May 1, anticipates a decline of nearly 3 percent in acreage planted and a 10-11 percent decline in yield per acre

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More than 100 participate in county spring livestock show

The annual Idaho County 4-H Spring Livestock Show was held Saturday, June 10, at the Idaho County Fair Grounds in Cottonwood.

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Farm Bureau Insurance:Seventy years serving Idaho

“I’m proud to be associated with Farm Bureau Insurance, my clients are also my friends,” said Mike Asker, Grangeville Farm Bureau Insurance agent. Agricultural producers have many assets in land, cattle, crops, buildings, and machinery that need covered by some type of insurance policy. Producers also need health coverage on themselves and their families.

Little change in county cattle count

Changes due to price variations, land availability

While numbers have significantly dropped and raised within the last five years, the current standing of cattle and calves in Idaho County, as of Jan. 1, 2017, is less than 2 percent down from head totals for this same time in 2013.

Tour June 29 on Camas Prairie grain industry

Farmers, ranchers, agri-support personnel and others interested are invited to attend a morning tour of the Camas Prairie grain industry and a hosted breakfast on Thursday, June 29. The Prairie Area Crop and Conservation Tour will start with a 7 a.m. breakfast at the Craigmont Community Center and concludes at noon. Speakers will include University of Idaho research and extension staff.

Good Neighbor sales under way; more work planned for area lands

The Forest Service has completed all National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning and sale preparation work for the Woodrat Salvage Sale, one of the first Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) projects to be planned in the region.