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