[Podcast] Organics, Weber’s Star Gate Ranch and Meeks’ year-long grazing

In today’s podcast, we’ll bring you three organic producers and share their take on the organics markets and challenges with production. We’ll also swing by Dietrick, Idaho and find out why it’s ranching country. And columnist Paul Marchant always spins a good yarn and likens it to the human condition, which we know you’ll appreciate. Then we’ll look at the Meeks cattle operation, where haying is a thing of the past. We’re glad you’ve joined us.

Season 1, Episode 4

Here’s a breakdown of the articles we’ve featured in this podcast:

  1. Did you know: Sales of organic agricultural products in Idaho overall rose 110%, from 2016 to 2019? Among crops, the top-selling commodities were hay, alfalfa, potatoes, barley and wheat. Freelancer Kimberly Williams Brackett asked three organic producers to share their unique perspective on the state of organic production in Idaho.
  2. Weber’s Star Gate Ranch: This ranching family headed for Challis to buy a ranch but stopped in Dietrich first and never made it that far. In this article, freelancer Ellie Dalton tells us how 30 years ago Weber’s Star Gate Ranch came to be in Dietrich, and why their bull development philosophy is turning some heads.
  3. On the lighter side, columnist Paul Marchant says some cows just fight to be fighting – for no good reason at all. In his own colorful way, Paul makes some parallels to humans and the orneriness of the human condition.
  4. Our final article is about how one operation, headed by Jim and Diane Meeks of Jerome, went from a cattle operation that put up hay for winter feeding to a winter-long grazing program. By transitioning more of the farm to the program each year, they hope to be 100% in cover crops and grazing within 10 years.

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