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June 2017, Volume 21, Issue 4 (Download)

Ag Day Held at North Fremont H.S., Farmers Advised to Store Last Year's Barley, Boundary County FB Hosts Farm Tour.


April 2017, Volume 21, Issue 3 (Download)

Public Land Rally Draws Big Crowd, Sheep Shearing Signals Changing Seasons, Feedstock Losses Steep.


March 2017, Volume 21, Issue 2 (Download)

Snow, Ice Cause Biggest Single Event Loss in Farm Bureau History, State Deals with Aquifer Recharge Challenges, Farm Groups Lobby for Immigration Reform.


January 2017, Volume 21, Issue 1 (Download)

Caribou County Young Farmer Receives Excellence Award, IFBF Annual Meeting Wrap Up, Ranchers Prepare for Onslaught of Elk


December 2016, Volume 20, Issue 8 (Download)

Landowners Challenge Power Project Route, Gov. Candidates Speak at County Banquet, Thanksgiving Dinner Price Survey.


October 2016, Volume 20, Issue 7 (Download)

Water Court Release Treasure Valley Decision; Household Food Security Improves; Fall Market Basket Survey.


September 2016, Volume 20, Issue 6 (Download)

Falling Numbers Penalize N. Idaho Wheat Growers; Hawaiians Tour Idaho Looking for Crop Options; Agriculture Rallies for Legal Reliable Workforce


July 2016, Volume 20, Issue 5 (Download)

Soda Fire: Rehabilitation Efforts Continuing; Update on IDL Grazing Restructure; Rural Depopulation Trends Alarming for some Counties


June 2016, Volume 20, Issue 4 (Download)

Importance of Farm Data Control Rises; IDL Considers Grazing Program Changes; Farm Succession Planning


April 2016, Volume 20, Issue 3 (Download)

Utah Legislators Pitch Public Lands Take Over; Senate Kills GMO Labeling Bill; Idaho Loses Key Mexico Trade Official


March 2016, Volume 20, Issue 2 (Download)

Big Game Raid Haystacks in Lemhi, Custer-counties; Council Native Wins Super Bowl Ring; Caine Center Closes


January 2016, Volume 20, Issue 1 (Download)

New Technology Helps Farmers Gain an Edge; Idaho Farm Bureau Elects New Leader; WOTUS Rule Shelved After Inquiry


December 2015, Volume 19, Issue 8 (Download)

Agriculture Career Opportunities Expanding; Cattlemen Learn Consumer Trends at UI Beef School; Thanksgiving Dinner Survey Results.


October 2015, Volume 19, Issue 7 (Download)

Groups Meet to Discuss Wolf Depredation, Trends; Fire Rehabilitation Underway; Idaho Preferred Celebrates Harvest


September 2015, Volume 19, Issue 6 (Download)

Fires Displace Rural Residents and Livestock; Monsanto Showcases New Wheat Research Center; Conservation Efforts Yield Big Dividends.


July 2015, Volume 19, Issue 5 (Download)

Craters Group Seeks name Change for Economic Benefits; Labor Dispute Threatens Pulse Crop Industry; "Science Babe" Dispels Food Myths


June 2015, Volume 19, Issue 4 (Download)

Irrigation Companies to Limit Boat Access; Reject Barley Provides Cattle Feeding Options; Range Recovers From Wildfire Ahead of Schedule


April 2015, Volume 19, Issue 3 (Download)

Work Proceeding on Healthy Forest Restoration Projects; Sheep Shearing Crews Busy This Spring; Legislature Approves Eminent Domain Legislation


March 2015, Volume 19, Issue 2 (Download)

Producers Explore Farm to School Opportunities, State Favors Collaborative Approach to Federal Land Management, Horse Racing Legend Honored


January 2015, Volume 19, Issue 1 (Download)

Spending Bill Keeps Sage-Grouse off ESA List; Four IFBF County Presidents Step Down; Annual Meeting Wrap Up.


December 2014, Volume 18, Issue 8 (Download)

Monument Measures Voted Down; Wolf Packs Threaten Ranch Viability; Thanksgiving Dinner cost Survey


October 2014, Volume 18, Issue 7 (Download)

Cereal Crop Damage Widespread; North Counties Disappointed with New Forest Plan; Election Information


September 2014, Volume 18, Issue 6 (Download)

Weather Damages Grain Crop; Bannock Commissioners Grapple With Forest Easement; Noxious Weeds Infest 8 Million Idaho Acres


July 2014, Volume 18, Issue 5 (Download)

EPA Attempts to Expand Regulatory Authority; IFBF Women's Committee Selects Teacher of the Year; Rodent Control - Why it's Important


June 2014, Volume 18, Issue 4 (Download)

Idaho Farm Bureau Celebrates 75th Anniversary; Custer, Blaine Residents Suspicious of Monument Proposal; Jerome Farm Hosts Area Students


April 2014, Volume 18, Issue 3 (Download)

Foreset Service Revises Panhandle Management Plan; Farm Bill: What's New, Where to Find Information; Farmland: The Movie Scheduled for Release


March 2014, Volume 18, Issue 2 (Download)

Owyhee Ranchers Face Grazing Restrictions; State Proposes Regulation to Clean up Ring Rot in Potatoes; Soil and Water Conservation - A Historical Perspective


January 2014, Volume 18, Issue 1 (Download)

Cattle Sale Benefits Wildland Fire Effort; Convention Wrap-up; Focus on Agriculture


December 2013, Volume 17, Issue 8 (Download)

Environmental Groups Sue Washington Dairies; Hunter Kills Infected Elk Near Donnelly; BLM Approves Gateway West Power Line Route


October 2013, Volume 17, Issue 7 (Download)

Ranchers, Sportsmen Work on Depredation Legislation; IFBF Sponsors Energy Tour; Post Fire Management Strategies


September 2013, Volume 17, Issue 6 (Download)

Consumers Pressure Retailer Over GMO Labeling; Farmers Voice Concern Over New Food Safety Rules; Small Hydropower Bill Sent to President


July 2013, Volume 17, Issue 5 (Download)

Power Project Threatens Private Property Rights; Yogurt Maker Expected to Tighten Milk Supply; Elementary Students Visit Washington County Ranch


June 2013, Volume 17, Issue 4 (Download)

Farm Family Enables Community; Northeast Towns Declare Food Sovereignty; Landowners Troubled Over Power Corridor Proposal


April 2013, Volume 17, Issue 3 (Download)

Gem County Dairyman Employs Grassroots Activism; Hydropower Bill Introduced; LFTB Legal Battle Ensues


March 2013, Volume 17, Issue 2 (Download)

Gem County Rancher Sees Positive Market Outlook; Senators Press for Grazing Improvement Act; FB Women's Committee Makes Charitable Donation


January 2013, Volume 17, Issue 1 (Download)

Farm Bureau Delegates Set Policy for 2013; Living with Wolves: A Mountain Man's Perspective; Corn futures Flatten


December 2012, Volume 15, Issue 8 (Download)

Sugar Industry Thrives on Innovation, Technology; Farm Bureau Salutes Idaho Veterans; Converting Biomass to Energy


October 2012, Volume 16, Issue 7 (Download)

Hops Harvest Underway in SW Idaho; Presidential Candidates Answer AFBF Questionnaire; Fruit Field Day Photos


September 2012, Volume 16, Issue 6 (Download)

Onion Seed Harvest Underway; Sage Hen Experts Meet in Challis; State Concerned about Cost of Wolf Management


July 2012, Volume 16, Issue 5 (Download)

Goats Ingest Wildfire Threat; Honey Bees Rebound; Grain Market Report


June 2012, Volume 16, Issue 4 (Download)

4-H Trail Ride Fundraiser; Dairy Policy Changes Possible; USDA Celebrates 150 Years


April 2012, Volume 16, Issue 3 (Download)

Guidelines for Antibiotic Usage; Power County Family's Prized Red Angus; Grazing Permit Renewal


March 2012, Volume 16, Issue 2 (Download)

State Seeks Sage Grouse Management Options; Power County Dairy Owns Top Holstein; Managing Forest Pests


January 2012, Volume 16, Issue 1 (Download)

Wal-Mart Creates New Paradigm for Beef Producers; Trade Mission Opens Doors in Mexico, Brazil; Onion Research Helps Extend Storage


December 2011, Volume 15, Issue 8 (Download)

Farm Bureau Honors Veterans; Farm Bill Negotiations Rush to Make Deadline; Ag Groups Troubled by New Farm Labor Regulations


October 2011, Volume 15, Issue 7 (Download)

Inaugural Farm Fresh Feast; Mexican Grain Buyers Tour Eastern Idaho; Food Prices on the Rise.


September 2011, Volume 15, Issue 6 (Download)

Sheep Industry Encourages Expansion; Idaho Grower Assumes Top Wheat Industry Post; County Fair Livestock Interest Flourishing.


July 2011, Volume 15, Issue 5 (Download)

Boundary County FB Hosts Farm Tour; Palouse Farms Sit Idle; Valley/Adams FB Grazing Tour


June 2011, Volume 15, Issue 4 (Download)

Weather Delays Planting; Marsh Valley Ag Days; Solar Thermal System Shows Promise


April 2011, Volume 15, Issue 3 (Download)

Input Prices Dampen Optimism for Profitable Year; Obama Brokers Deal on Mexican Trucking Dispute; El Paso Energy Testifies Before Legislative Committee


March 2011, Volume 15, Issue 2 (Download)

Fourth Generation Ranch Family Holds Production Sale; Wolf Management Scenarios Troubling; APHIS Proposes Brucellosis Rule Changes.


January 2011, Volume 15, Issue 1 (Download)

IFBF Convention News; Utility Seeks Rate Increase; Stream Restoration Project


December 2010, Volume 14, Issue 8 (Download)

Nez Perce County President Touts Precision Ag; USDA Grants Preliminary Approval for RR Sugarbeets; Bull Trout Designation Troubling for Water Users


October 2010, Volume 14, Issue 7 (Download)

UI Summer Annual Test Plots Show Promise; Vaccine Handling Survey Yields Startling Results; Twin Falls County FB Finances New Fair Barn


September 2010 Volume 14, Issue 6 (Download)

Growers Warned of Volatile Wheat Market; Wolves Back on Endangered List; El Paso Energy Negotiating with Livestock Interests


July 2010 Volume 14, Issue 5 (Download)

Burley Ethanol Plant Back on Track; Court Yields Positive Decision on GMO Alfalfa; Producers Encouraged to Take Advantage of Social Networking


June 2010 Volume 14, Issue 4 (Download)

Envirothon Tests Knowledge of Natural Systems; New Sawmill Opens in Emmett; Livestock Outlook Positive.


April 2010 Volume 14, Issue 3 (Download)

FSA Program Enables Young Rancher; Courts Allow Sugarbeet Planting to Commence; WWP Tastes Its Own Medicine


March 2010 Volume 14, Issue 2 (Download)

Snowpack remains below average; IFBF Joins Slickspot Peppergrass Lawsuit; IFBF Women donate to Ronald McDonald House


January 2010 Volume 14, Issue 1 (Download)

Mustang Roundup Challenged in Federal Court; IFBF Convention Wrap-up; COOL Updates


December 2009 Volume 13, Issue 8 (Download)

Farmer's Market Popularity Grows; UI Releases Dairy Industry Analysis; Thanksgiving Market Basket Survey.


October 2009 Volume 13, Issue 7 (Download)

Cattle Ranchers Find Success with Marketing Alliance; Environmental Groups Collect 4.7 Billion in Legal Fees; IFBF Seasons of Agriculture Photo Contest Winners


September 2009 Volume 13, Issue 6 (Download)

UI Extension Centers Face Cutbacks; Feds Back Away from Creating Brucellosis Zone; Wheat Harvest Gets Underway


July 2009 Volume 13, Issue 5 (Download)

FSA Loan Program Supports Youth Producers; Wilderness Advocates Seek Multi-State Designation; Nez Perce County Producer Receives National Recognition


June 2009 Volume 13, Issue 4 (Download)

Hay Prices Plummet; USDA Proposes Brucellois Containment Zone; Local Food Movement Creates Opportunities


April 2009 Volume 13, Issue 3 (Download)

World Renowned Vet Leaves UI; Fifth Graders Learn about farms and forests; USDA Offers Renewable Energy Grants


March 2009 Volume 13, Issue 2 (Download)

Abandoned Horses: Should Animal Rights Outweigh Common Sense?; Canyon, Ada County Farm Bureau Team up on Public Safety; Delegation Gives Stimulus Package A Resounding Thumbs Down


January 2009 Volume 13, Issue 1 (Download)

Volatile Economy Stretches Farm Budgets; IFBF Convention Wrap Up; Fertilizer Prices Begin to Drop


December 2008 Volume 12, Issue 8 (Download)

Ethanol Industry Facing Tough Economy; Thanksgiving Price Survey; Fundraiser Nets $66,000 So Far


October 2008 Volume 12, Issue 7 (Download)

COOL Becomes Reality; Grain Markets Realigning; Coal Gasification Plant Sited in Power County


September 2008 Volume 12, Issue 6 (Download)

Precision Agriculture; Wolves Back on Endangered List; Bulk Fuel Discount Program


July 2008 Volume 12, Issue 5 (Download)

Smear Campaign Targets Ethanol; USDA's Rural Youth Loan Program; Simplot Remembered


June 2008 Volume 12, Issue 4 (Download)

Potato Industry Update; More Water Storage Sought; CRP Land Stable; Iogen Backs Out Of Idaho


April 2008 Volume 12, Issue 3 (Download)

Field Burning Could Resume; Producing Your Own Biodiesel; Farm Bill Lingers.


March 2008 Volume 12, Issue 2 (Download)

Snowpacks Above Average; Wolves To Be Delisted; Power Rates Head Up, Again; How Idaho Ag Fared in 2007


January 2008 Volume 12, Issue 1 (Download)

BPA Credit Returning?; Idaho Farm Bureau's 68th Annual Meeting; Overview of Idaho's Organic Production


December 2007 Volume 11, Issue 9 (Download)

Egg Prices Sizzling; North Idaho Fights Water Adjudication; Ranchers Crash Jon Marvel Party; Idaho Blasts Carole King Wilderness Bill


October 2007 Volume 11, Issue 8 (Download)

Water Rights Battle Appealed to Supreme Court; A Look At Carbon Credits: Milk Prices Head Up


September 2007 Volume 11, Issue 7 (Download)

GAP Audits Come to Potato Country; Less Grazing Fuels Wildfires?; House Version of Farm Bill Acceptable


July 2007 Volume 11, Issue 6 (Download)

Field Burning Hopes Fade; Livestock Center Gathering Steam; Power Rates Set to Soar


June 2007 Volume 11, Issue 5 (Download)

'Always Cry Wolf'; Field Burning Still In Limbo; North Idaho Adjudication Set To Begin; Idaho Closes In On Brucellosis-free Status


April 2007 Volume 11, Issue 4 (Download)

Biodiesel in Idaho; Roundup Ready Alfalfa Planting Stopped; Idaho Wine REgion Gets Boost; Stopping Misuse of 'Superfund'


March 2007, Volume 11 issue 3 (Download)

Idaho Bars Field Burning; Supreme Court Backs 'Open Range' Law; Idaho Growers Eye Trade With Mexico; Idahoans Ready to Hunt Wolves


February 2007 Volume 11, Issue 2 (Download)

Farm Bill Battle Looms; Canada Challenges U.S. Farm Support; Farm Bill Politics; Easements Could Include Income Tax Credits


January 2007 Volume 11, Issue 1 (Download)

U.N. Report Targets Livestock; Legislature Under New Management; Suspect Report Urges Dam Removal; IFBF's 67th Annual Meeting


January 2007 Volume 11, Issue 1 (Download)

U.N. Report Targets Livestock; Legislature Under New Management; Suspect Report Urges Dam Removal; IFBF's 76th Annual Meeting


December 2006 Volume 10, Issue 10 (Download)

25X'25: Ag to The Rescue; Relief Sought For Rail Rates; Conjunctive Management On Trial; Corn Demand Pushes Grain Prices


November 2006 Volume 10, Issue 9 (Download)

Canada Dumps Lumber Ahead of Agreement; BPA Proposal Could Jack up Power Prices; Judge Leaning Toward More Flow From Snake


October 2006 Volume 10, Issue 8 (Download)

Potato Harvest; Worker Shortage Getting Worse; Wolf Delisting Proposal Looms


September 2006 Volume 10, Issue 7 (Download)

N. Idaho Water Adjudication; CREP Acres Start Slowly; New BLM Rules Grazing-Friendly


July 2006 Volume 10, Issue 6 (Download)

Hay Prices Soar; State Water Rules Tossed; State Struggles With Shipping Situation; Aquifer Recharge Gathers Steam


June 2006 Volume 10, Issue 5 (Download)

Property Tax Shifts Toward Ag; CREP To Idle 100,000 acres; World Potato Expo Coming To Boise; The Hunt for Potato Pest's Origin


April 2006 Volume 10, Issue 4 (Download)

Idaho Still Vying For Ethanol Facility; The Battle Over Aquifer Recharge; Economist Sees Lower Milk Prices For Awhile; Water Supply Outlook Good


March 2006, Volume 10, Issue 3 (Download)

Otter Speaks To Young Farmers About Ag's Future; Hay Turning Into Big Cash Crop; Study Argues Against Farm Payments; ISDA Director: Embrace Changes


February 2006 Volume 10, Issue 2 (Download)

Early Signs Point To Wet, Wild Winter; WTO Meetings Accomplish Little, Farm Receipts Reach $4.5 billion, Idaho Power Asks To Raise Rates


January 2006 Volume 10, Issue 1 (Download)

Japan Opens Its Border to U.S. Beef, Idaho Power Plans Its Future, Canyon County Lawsuit Tossed By Judge, Study Shows Milk Does Burn Fat


December 2005 Volume 9, Issue 10 (Download)

WTO Talks Could Reduce Subsidies, Legislation Addresses Water Supply, USDA To Keep Farm Service Agency Offices Open, Border Reopening Not Hurting Cattle Prices


November 2005 Volume 9, Issue 9 (Download)

Fired State Vet Blasts Director, Water Outlook Better But Still Not Good, Salmon Water Fight Back In Court, Fertilizer Prices Could Hurt Farmers


October 2005 Volume 9, Issue 8 (Download)

Industry To Drive Animal ID Database, Dozens Attend Farm Bill Forum, Canyon County Lawsuit No Small Threat, STOP Campaign Targets Eminent Domain


September 2005 Volume 9 issue 7 (Download)

Energy Bill Promising To Idaho, Ethanol Facility Chances Get Boost, Swift Plant Closure Leaves Void, After CAFTA, Whatís Next?


July 2005 Volume 9, Issue 6 (Download)

Rains Donít Stop Water Dispute; United Having Impact On Potato Market; Salmon Recovery Affects Dams; The Cost Of Recovering Wolves


June 2005 Volume 9, Issue 5 (Download)

Canadian Border Issue Not Going Away; What Would CAFTA Mean For Idaho?; Animal ID System On The Way; Water Calls Threaten Wells


April 2005 Volume 9, Issue 4 (Download)

No End In Sight For Drought; State Purchases Water Rights; Border Closing Affects Meatpacking Plants; Spinning Straw Into Gold


March 2005 Volume 9, Issue 3 (Download)

Powered by the Wind; Idaho Power Makes Snow; Noxious Weeds Cost State Millions; ESA Reform Gets Serious


February 2005 Volume 9, Issue 2 (Download)

Water Conflict Intensifies; BSE Positives Create Border Uncertainty; Shipping Impedes Commodity Movement; Judge Overrules Salmon Listing


January 2005 Volume 9, Issue 1 (Download)

Water Agreement Threatens Private Property Rights; IFBF Convention Highlights; Dairymen Warned About Stray Voltage; Sage Grouse Numbers Donít Warrant ESA Listing