Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wheat Yield Winners

Idaho Farmers Place in National Wheat Yield Contests

REXBURG —Madison County farmer Terry Wilcox, of Keith Wilcox and Sons, a potato producer and shipper, took second in the 2017 National Wheat Foundation’s National Wheat Yield Contest.

The contest awards the overall high-yield winner in two categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. Wilcox is credited with producing 143.91 bushels per acre of irrigated spring wheat in a very difficult year because of late winter storms.

“We did better last year,” Wilcox said. “We got 179.78 bushels per acre in 2016 and this year we were down 35 bushels per acre and still finished in the same spot.”

Buhl wheat grower and Idaho Farm Bureau member Rick Pearson also placed in the national event.

The contest is based on the percentage a farmer can produce above the county average.

“The national winner had fewer bushels per acre. He had just 129 bushels per acre, but their percentage was above their county average.”

Wilcox's prize field is on the Rexburg bench, southeast of Rexburg and used the WestBred seed for the past eight or nine years. He adds that Spring wheat works better than fall wheat for Wilcox due to erosion in the spring on the bench. “Flat fields do better for fall wheat,” he said.

He says WestBred works best on the bench and in harsh spring conditions.
“We go with what we think will work for us,” according to Wilcox.

He says he pays close attention to annual soil testing.

“We put down sulfur, potash, nitrogen and whatever else we need,” Wilcox said. “We have a high soil pH of about 7 to 8 so the sulfur helps loosen things up and releases the micronutrients we need. We put on fertilizer with the seed and run some nitrogen with water.”

He says wheat is a vital part of their rotation.“The first year after spuds, we raise wheat and the second year it’s either wheat or barley,” he said.

Other Idaho winners were Doug Stout of Genesee and Brad Parks of Jefferson County with Mud Lake Farms and Wilcox’s nephew Dallin Wilcox with 142.14 bushels per acre.

To enter, you must be a member in good standing of a recognized state wheat grower association, pay an entry fee of $100 and provide proof of production. A total of 287 growers from 28 states competed.

Winners and a guest receive a trip to the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 27 to March 1. Sponsors for the 2017 National Yield Contest are BASF, Croplan/Winfield, Indigo Ag, John Deere, McGregor, Monsanto, and Syngenta.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Worker Survey


Washington--According to the US Department of Labor National Agricultural Worker Survey 2013-2014, sixty-eight percent of hired farmworkers nationally were born in Mexico, while 27 percent were born in the US. The number of US citizens working in agriculture has been steadily increasing throughout the past two decades. Since 2001 the rates of citizens working in agriculture has increased from 21-33 percent. In other words, fewer farm workers are migrating in the traditional sense (e.g. travel back and forth to Mexico on a seasonal basis).

These numbers make sense. Border crossing became much more difficult and dangerous in the early 1990s as a result of “Prevention through Deterrence” border security policy. As a result, we have a situation today where farm workers have “settled” in rural communities (defined by the USDA as working at a single location within 75 miles of their home).

Indeed, rural Idaho would be in population decline were it not for Hispanic communities: from 2010 to 2014: rural Idaho’s Hispanic population grew by 9%, while its non-Hispanic population decreased by 1%. Twelve percent of Idaho residents today identify as Latina/o. In Canyon County, however, where the majority of hops production is located in the state, the population is 25% Hispanic, (primarily of Mexican origin) the highest of any county in the state. 

And in the area with the greatest concentration of hops production, the Hispanic population is actually closer to 75%. For example, in the town of Wilder, which is surrounded by hops fields, the vast majority of Latina/o families moved into the area prior to the 1990s. Today, Wilder is the first city in Idaho to elect an all Latino City Council. Indeed, rural Idaho would be in population decline were it not for Hispanic communities: from 2010 to 2014: rural Idaho’s Hispanic population grew by 9%, while its non-Hispanic population decreased by 1%. Statewide, most of Idaho’s Hispanics (70%) were born in the U.S., and the vast majority (79%) are U.S. citizens.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Idaho Farm Cash receipts up

2017 Idaho Net Farm Income up 

Boise--Total net farm income in Idaho during 2017 is estimated to be up 15 percent to $1.9 billion, which reverses three years of loses, said UI Agricultural Economist Garth Taylor, and The Capital Press.
Total farm cash receipts in Idaho are projected to be up 5 percent in 2017. 
Potatoes are the biggest cash crop with an estimated $955 million in cash receipts during the 2017 calendar year, an increase of 13 percent over 2016.
Total Idaho farm cash receipts reached more than $7.4 billion in 2017, up from $7.1 billion in 2016, according to University of Idaho’s “Financial Condition of Idaho Agriculture” report, which was presented to legislators Jan. 5.
Dry bean was up 33 percent to $83 million last year and hay revenues topped $357 million. 
Because of lower prices for many crops grown in Idaho, “Some farmers are fleeing other crops and putting in dry beans,” Taylor said. 
But some of the state’s other main crops saw declines, including wheat (down 7 percent to $415 million), sugar beets (down 10 percent to $271 million) and barley (down 1 percent to $265 million).
Revenue for all of the state’s other crops combined declined an estimated 3 percent to $516 million. 
“We are up in cash receipts statewide and that’s good news but that doesn’t mean farmers are feeling good,” said UI Agricultural Economist and report co-author Ben Eborn.
He said many farmers are barely breaking even. “Idaho agriculture is still strong but there are some individual farmers who are really hurting.”
On the livestock side, dairy receipts increased 7 percent to $2.5 billion and cattle and calves increased 5 percent to $1.8 billion. 
Livestock cash receipts accounted for 62 percent of the state’s total farm-gate revenues. Total livestock receipts increased 7 percent and total crop receipts rose 2 percent.
Increased potato revenues were one of the few bright spots on the crop side. Idaho Potato Commission President and CEO Frank Muir said 2018 could be another good year for that industry because of higher prices.
“I think the potential is there for 2018 to be even stronger,” he said. “I think it will be a very profitable year.”
Although dairy revenue was up in 2017, it was a tough year for many of the state’s 500 dairy farms, said Doug Robison, Northwest Farm Credit Service’s senior vice president of agriculture in Idaho. 
“The weak net income within the dairy industry this past year was largely due to the difficult winter of 2016-2017 and an oversupply of milk here in the U.S. and the European Union,” he told Capital Press in an email. 
While “the 2018 year is expected to see continued positive results in the potato industry and steady results within cattle and other (farm commodities), the 2018 outlook for the dairy industry is substantially weaker than 2017 based on current ... milk futures,” Robison said.

Friday, January 12, 2018

RFD High Speed Internet

Trump Signs Rural Broadband Executive Orders at AFBF Annual Meeting

Nashville-President Donald Trump with AFBF President Zippy Duvall looking on, signed two executive orders earlier this week that expands rural broadband access to rural Ameri

President Trump’s executive order will make it easier for companies to set up badly needed high-speed broadband networks in rural areas.

Trump’s presidential first order expedites federal permitting to allow broadband expansion in rural areas and makes it easier for wireless operators to build cell towers on federal lands.

"Those towers are going to go up and you are going to have great broadband," Trump said in his speech at the Annual Meeting.

The order is based on a report from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.

The Federal Communications Commission says at least 39 percent of people living in rural regions do not have access to broadband, compared with just 4 percent of people in cities.

According to the report, in sparsely populated areas, it's not economical for private industry to deploy infrastructure, especially if they have to fight red tape.

Trump's proposal won’t cost taxpayers a dime. Instead, the administration is focused on establishing policies to "get government out of the way" as companies look to deploy fiber links and high-speed wireless technologies to serve these areas.

The FCC is led by Republican Chairman Ajit Pai, from rural Kansas and he’s been working to make it easier for companies to cut through red tape in order to build more network infrastructure in rural areas.

Competitive Carrier Association President Steven Berry, whose organization represents rural providers, applauded the task force's report and the Trump administration's efforts.

"The report recognizes the unfortunate truth that many rural areas remain unserved and underserved and that creates a digital divide throughout the country," said Berry. "I commend the administration for its work to streamline permitting processes, and especially for allowing infrastructure builds on federal facilities. There is no question federal lands are an important part of our country and providing seamless coverage in these areas is just as important as any other location, especially during times of emergencies.”

Trump has heavy support in rural areas and strongly supported him in the 2016 election. And he introduced the new policies as he also touted the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul bill he signed into law last month.

He pointed to reforms to the estate tax as a way to ensure family farms can be passed down to the next generation, and provisions in the legislation that will allow farmers to deduct the entire cost of new equipment in the first year of their investment. And he said the new broadband proposals will ensure American farmers are no longer left behind economically.

"In every decision we make," he said, "we are honoring America's proud farming legacy."

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Trump Backs Crop Insurance

Trump Now Backs Crop Insurance, Says NAFTA Not Easy

Nashville—Speaking at the AFBF Annual Meeting in Nashville, President Trump, said he’ll work with Congress for a 2018 Farm Bill that includes crop insurance.

That’s in sharp contrast to last May when the Trump Administration proposed a 36% cut in crop insurance funding, Trump says he supports crop insurance.

Farm groups including the American Farm Bureau are prioritizing a strong crop insurance program in the next farm bill. The chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Mike Conaway hopes to have the passage of the Farm Bill by spring.

The 2014 farm law made the federally subsidized program the major US farm support at around $8 billion a year.

Trump’s endorsement of crop insurance got the longest sustained applause during his speech from Farm Bureau members. Senate Agriculture chairman Pat Roberts was standing just off stage, he's a big supporter of crop insurance, and was visibly pleased when President Trump said, “I’m looking forward to working with Congress to pass a farm bill on time so that it delivers for all of you, and I support a bill that includes crop insurance, unless you don’t want me to.” Then, Trump added, “I guess you like it, right? Good!”

From there the President turned his focus to trade.

“On NAFTA, I am working very hard to get a better deal for our country and for our farmers and for our manufacturers,” said the president during the 35-minute speech to members attending the Annual Meeting. “It’s not the easiest negotiation, but we’re going to make it fair for you people again.”

Ag exports make up more than 20% of total farm income and Trump’s campaign threats to throw out trade agreements caused concern on farms nationwide. But Farmers and Ranchers voted for him because of his platform of tax reform, regulatory relief, and support for corn ethanol.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is credited with talking Trump out of ditching NAFTA last April when he showed President Trump a heavily rural map of states that would be hurt by the withdrawal from NAFTA. Canada and Mexico are responsible for one-third of US AG trade.

The US has proposed at the NAFTA talks that Canada eliminate its tariffs on imports of U.S. dairy, poultry, and egg products basically a dismantling of the nation’s supply management system. “It’s a very good system,” says Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay. “We have indicated quite publicly that we are fully supporting the supply management system.” The sixth round of NAFTA talks set for later this month in Montreal.

Congress has ignored the administration proposals last spring to eliminate premium subsidies for policies that include the harvest price option, to deny premium subsidies to people with more than $500,000 a year in adjusted gross income, and to limit crop insurance subsidies to $40,000 a year.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

AFBF Annual Meeting

Farm Bureau Elects New Grassroots Leaders
NASHVILLE– Delegates at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Annual Convention elected members to serve as board and committee leaders for the organization.

AFBF President Zippy Duvall and Vice President Scott VanderWal were re-elected to two-year terms.

Bryan Searle, president of Idaho Farm Bureau, and Ron Gibson, president of Utah Farm Bureau, were elected to two-year terms on the AFBF board of directors, representing the Western Region. Hans McPherson, president of Montana Farm Bureau, was elected to a one-year term, representing the Western Region. Rodd Moesel, president of Oklahoma Farm Bureau, was elected to a one-year term, representing the Southern Region.

Twelve other state Farm Bureau presidents were re-elected to two-year terms to represent their regions on the board: Carl Bednarski, Michigan; Jim Holte, Wisconsin; Blake Hurst, Missouri; and Steve Nelson, Nebraska (Midwest Region); Mark Haney, Kentucky; John Hoblick, Florida; Harry Ott, South Carolina; Jimmy Parnell, Alabama; Wayne Pryor, Virginia; and Randy Veach, Arkansas (Southern Region); and Rick Ebert, Pennsylvania and Ryck Suydam, New Jersey (Northeast Region).

Russell Kohler of Utah was elected the new chair of the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee for a one-year term, which makes him a member of the AFBF board of directors.

Elected to two-year terms on the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee were Cindy Ramsey, Indiana; Jennifer Cross, Maryland; and Lou Nave, Tennessee. Lillian Ostendorf of Montana was re-elected to a two-year term on the committee. 

AFBF’s 100th Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show will be held in New Orleans, Jan. 11-16, 2019.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Bundy case thrown out of court

Case dismissed Against Bundy and Sons

LAS VEGAS — A Federal District judge in Las Vegas dismissed criminal charges against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons.

They were accused of leading an armed uprising against the federal government in 2014.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro hinted after the mistrial last month that she might dismiss the case against Bundy and his sons Ammon and Ryan and militia leader Ryan Payne.

Navarro criticized the prosecutors for what she called ”willful" violations of due process rights of defendants, including failing to properly turn over evidence to Bundy’s lawyer.

Monday's decision is sure to strike a cord with states' rights advocates across the West, where the federal government and BLM controls much of Western lands used for grazing, mining and oil and gas production.

The Bundy’s well-documented armed standoff outside Bunkerville, north of Las Vegas, stopped the BLM’s high profile roundup of Bundy’s cattle from public land.

The cattle had been rounded up under court order because Bundy deliberately let his herd graze for 20 years without paying his BLM grazing fees.

Heavily armed federal agents guarded corrals in a dry riverbed before facing hundreds of flag-waving ranchers with women and children demanding the release of Bundy’s 400 head of cattle.

No shots were fired and the outnumbered federal agents left the scene.

Several protesters had AR-15 assault rifles but were acquitted of criminal charges in two trials last summer.

Ammon and Ryan Bundy were acquitted of federal criminal charges in Portland after the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January of 2016. They demanded at the time that the government turn over public land back to local control.

Payne is waiting for his sentencing in that case but wants to withdraw his guilty plea to a felony conspiracy charge that is expected to bring a sentence of more than three years in prison.

In Las Vegas, Navarro declared the mistrial Dec. 20, and that leaves Cliven Bundy as the only defendant still in jail after refusing the judge's offer of release to house arrest.

AFBF Annual Meeting

President Trump Addresses American Farm Bureau Federation

Nashville—President Trump addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting in Nashville on Monday.

It represented the first time a sitting president spoke during AFBF’s annual convention since George H. W. Bush. Farmers waited in security lines for hours to get into the ballroom, only to wait hours longer to hear the president.

“I’m so honored to be the first President to address the American Farm Bureau in more than 25 years,” said President Trump. “We've been working every day to deliver for America’s farmers just as they work every single day to deliver for us.”

The President offered praise for the “hard work, grit, self-reliance and sheer determination” exhibited by the agricultural industry.

“We know our nation was founded by farmers. Our independence was won by farmers. Our continent was tamed by farmers.”

In his address to the crowd of nearly enthusiastic 5,000 AFBF members, President Trump noted the achievements of his administration in addressing many of the concerns faced by American farmers. Noting that most of the benefits will be felt by working families, small businesses and family farmers, President Trump stated, “the American dream is roaring back to life and we’ve just signed into law the most significant tax cuts and reforms in American history.”

Trump also pointed to progress made to reduce the number of regulations. He said more than 1,500 planned federal regulations have been canceled or delayed. Soon after he took office, he signed an executive order requiring two regulations to be cut for every new one written. Trump said so far, his administration has cut 22 regulations for every new one.

Trump said his administration continues to review all trade agreements to “make sure they are fair reciprocal.”

“On NAFTA, I am working very hard to get a better deal for our country and for farmers and our manufacturers,” Trump said. “It’s under negotiation as we speak."

The President also announced significant changes to the estate tax, known as the death tax, so Americans can “keep your farms in the family,” which was met by one of several standing ovations.

The President also spoke on the progress of the 2018 Farm Bill, “For America, there is no task too great, no goal too large, no dream beyond our reach. We are witnessing a new era of patriotism, prosperity, and pride, and at the forefront of this exciting new chapter is the great American farmer,” President Trump concluded.

Once the President was finished speaking he signed two executive orders which will expedite requests to locate broadband facilities in rural areas and streamline the process of establishing cell towers on federal lands.

Aquifer Recharge

Milepost 31 recharge site near Shoshone, Idaho

Idaho Water Resource Board expected to surpass 200,000 acre-feet
of recharge into ESPA, this week may reach 300,000+ a.f. this spring

BOISE  – The Idaho Water Resource Board is poised to surpass recharging 200,000 acre-feet of water into the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer (ESPA) this week, and it’s on course to exceed the board’s annual recharge goal of 250,000 acre-feet per year, officials said Monday.

“We are hoping to not only meet our annual goal but potentially surpass the record we set last year of 317,000 acre-feet of water, depending on what the weather brings the rest of this winter,” said Wesley Hipke, recharge project manager for the board.

“Now that colder weather has settled over the ESPA region, we expect recharge flows to decrease in the short term because of freezing temperatures and icy conditions in the canals, and then pick up again in the early spring when temperatures warm up.”

As of Friday, Jan. 5, recharge flows reached 200,044 acre-feet of water into the ESPA. This year, the board’s recharge program has benefitted from a surplus of reservoir storage in the Upper Snake River region, Hipke said, allowing the Surface Water Coalition to donate 61,100 acre-feet of water for recharge under the historic water settlement agreement. Those flows were recharged into the ESPA between Aug. 30 and early November.

In addition, the board has been working to expand the number of recharge sites that have the potential and capacity to participate in the program and also boost the capacity of existing sites. So far, more than 100,000 acre-feet of water have been recharged into the ESPA from the Upper Snake region, above Minidoka Dam, by eight different irrigation districts or canal companies. Below Minidoka Dam, three irrigation districts and canal companies have recharged more than 95,000 acre-feet of water into the ESPA. The board pays the districts and canal companies to conduct managed recharge using the Board’s water rights on a per-acre-foot basis with funds provided by the Idaho Legislature.

The board’s goal of meeting an annual target of 250,000 acre-feet of recharge into the ESPA per year is intended to restore the ESPA to sustainable levels, along with a reduction of 240,000 acre-feet of groundwater pumping by the Idaho Ground Water Appropriators (IGWA) and nine groundwater districts across the ESPA region through the settlement agreement.

Up to 2016, the ESPA was being over drafted by an estimated 200,000 acre-feet per year. Last year, groundwater monitoring wells showed that the ESPA was beginning to bounce back, showing an increase of in storage of at least 660,000 acre-feet.

“We are starting to see the benefits of the board’s recharge program in the ESPA, along with contributions from the Surface Water Coalition and IGWA,” Hipke said. “However, to meet our long-term goals when water isn’t as abundant, we need to continue to expand the recharging infrastructure.”

Monday, January 8, 2018

Just in


BOISE– Governor Butch Otter delivered his last State of the State address today.

The three-term Governor said that some of Idaho’s most important public policy issues in the coming years will involve making healthcare more accessible and affordable to working families. He also stressed that employers need to have enough educated, trained and skilled workers to meet the needs of the state’s growing economy.

“Because of the work we have done over more than a decade, we have never been readier for the challenges and opportunities ahead,” Governor Otter told the Idaho Legislature, other State leaders and a statewide audience during his 12th and final State of the State and Budget Address at the Idaho Capitol.

“The commonsense conservative policies advanced by this body – and by us together – have been essential to Idaho’s progress toward better enabling our citizens to become the architects of their own destiny rather than surrendering to the siren song of entitlement.”

The Governor is beginning the last year of his third term. He won't seek a fourth term. In the State of the State address,  Otter urged State leaders to work together in the public interest rather than being stalled or sidetracked by Statehouse politics or ideology.

“We have made progress in the right direction over the past 11 years. Whether we continue on that course depends on our commitment to investing in an even better future for the people we serve,” he said. “It depends on the value we place on joining with individuals, communities and our corporate citizens in overcoming hidebound opposition to a legitimate role for State government in pursuing our common interests.”

Policy and spending priorities for the budget year beginning July 1, outlined by Governor Otter, include:

· Providing nearly $42 million for the fourth year of a five-year plan to implement the “career ladder” system, shifting how Idaho funds teacher salaries from years of service and education credits to student outcomes.

· Providing $6.5 million to expand literacy intervention efforts for kindergarten through third-grade students who are not yet proficiently reading at grade level.

· Providing an additional $5 million annually for college and career advising to help students and their families better prepare for life after high school.

· Providing an additional $10 million annually for classroom technology, along with requiring that public schools have well-developed plans for sustainably integrating technology into their curricula.

· Providing an additional $1.4 million annually to continue increasing the number of schools introducing mastery-based education programs.

· Providing spending authority for the State Board of Education to hire an Executive Officer to coordinate the work of all Idaho’s public higher education institutions, as well as to manage a system-wide consolidation of higher education support operations and the Board’s continuing policy functions

· Implementing a statewide higher education degree audit and data analytics system.

· Providing an additional $5 million for the Opportunity Scholarship program and Adult Completion Scholarships.

· Expanding capacity at postsecondary technical schools, providing additional incentive funding for high school career-technical programs, expanding career-technical education offerings to the seventh and eighth grades, developing more online career-technical education classes, and increasing support for Idaho’s six regional Working Training Centers.

· Providing merit-based 3-percent pay increases for State employees.

· Rolling back an unemployment insurance rate increase on Idaho businesses.

· Reducing State individual and corporate income tax rates.

· Proposing a plan for Idaho to substantially conform with the new federal tax code without putting State revenues or Idaho taxpayers at risk.

· Providing $17.4 million from the General Fund and $11.4 million from the Millennium Fund to implement the Idaho Health Care Plan, which aims to stabilize the state’s healthcare insurance market and give more working Idahoans the ability to purchase affordable coverage.

· Providing for 11 new residencies for Idaho physicians in training.

· Providing $2.6 million to stand up three more behavioral health crisis centers in the Lewiston, Nampa-Caldwell and Pocatello areas.

· Adding eight new positions at the Department of Lands to expand the Good Neighbor Authority program, working with federal agencies to more quickly implement on-the-ground land and watershed improvements on U.S. Forest Service lands.

· Assessing and centralizing scattered and disjointed information resources in order to standardize and optimize cyber capabilities throughout State government.

“Idaho is stronger and more economically diverse than ever,” Governor Otter said. “Our unemployment rate is near a record low. Wages are on the rise. Whole industry sectors are emerging and growing, stretching our taxpayer resources to keep up with workforce demands. But we are sustainably and responsibly investing in K-through-Career education and training without raising taxes.”

While pledging continued prudent management of Idaho’s taxpayer resources, Governor Otter urged legislators not to “waste the opportunity that relative prosperity now affords us to invest in the future.” He cited the results that more than a decade of rational conservative policies have produced for Idaho citizens along with “the creative genius, the entrepreneurial spirit, and the native independence and self-reliance of our citizens.”

Otter's speech was 12 minutes longer than any previous addresses and was met with a standing ovation from Idaho lawmakers.

Just in

Perdue Announces Farm Service Agency State Committee Appointees

Washington – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committee Appointees. State committees are selected by the Secretary, serve at the pleasure of the Secretary, and are responsible for carrying out FSA’s farm programs within delegated authorities.

“The State Committees will help to ensure USDA is providing our farmers, ranchers, foresters, and agricultural producers with the best customer service,” Secretary Perdue said. “They serve as a liaison between USDA and the producers in each state across the nation by keeping them informed and hearing their appeals and complaints. The committees are made up mostly of active farmers and ranchers, representing their peers and ensuring USDA’s programs are supporting the American harvest.”

The following is a list of the Idaho State Committee released today:
  • Idaho 
    • Committee Chair Mike Guerry – Castleford
    • Joe Anderson – Potlach
    • Kaitlin Davis – Cascade
    • Matt Gellings – Idaho Falls
    • Randy Hardy – Oakley

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall adds that the committee will tirelessly serve state and US Agriculture.

“The work done by Farm Service Agency state committees is vital to ensuring the many services and programs implemented by the Agriculture Department are aligned with the needs of our grassroots farmers and ranchers. We are proud of the fact that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue selected many of our farmer and rancher members to carry out this very important mission.”

Wheat Yield Winners

Idaho Farmers Place in National Wheat Yield Contests REXBURG —Madison County farmer Terry Wilcox, of Keith Wilcox and Sons, a potato p...