Ag equipment dealers expect 2018 will be better

Bill Schaefer / for Farm & Ranch
From left, Robert and Carol Johnson, of Grant, talk with Travis Blacker, industry relations director for the Idaho Potato Commission, on Tuesday, the first day of the Eastern Idaho Ag Expo at Idaho State University's Holt Arena in Pocatello.

With the combined forces of a strong economy, continuing good prices for potatoes and revisions in the federal tax code, the prevailing mood was a positive one at this week’s Eastern Idaho Ag Expo.

Potato Conference marks 50 years

Bill Schaefer / for Farm & Ranch
From left, John Keeling, CEO and executive vice president of the National Potato Council; Ryan Krabill, director of research and analysis for Potatoes USA; and Pat Kole, vice president of legal and government affairs for the Idaho Potato Commission; begin an open-table discussion on issues facing national and state potato organzations Wednesday during the first day of the 2018 Idaho Potato Conference at Idaho State University in Pocatello.

In commemoration of its 50-year anniversary the Idaho Potato Conference, once known as the Idaho Potato School, featured presentations on the history of the conference during Wednesday’s opening day of seminars in the Bengal Theater of the Pond Student Union on the campus of Idaho State University.

Slow-moving landslide has farm town on high alert

In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, photo, James Gleeson, a surveyor with the Washington State Department of Transportation, takes measurements from the shoulder of Interstate 82 to monitor a slow-moving landslide on Rattlesnake Ridge beyond in Union Gap, Wash. Large containers line a road below the ridge, an effort to help block rocks and debris from reaching the highway. The threat has forced evacuations as officials prepare for what they say is inevitable – the collapse of the ridge near the interstate highway that experts say should occur sometime from late January or early February. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

UNION GAP, Wash. — A slow-moving landslide in a fertile farming region in south-central Washington state has forced evacuations as officials prepare for what they say is inevitable — the collapse of a ridge that sits above a few dozen homes and a key highway.



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