Friday, Dec 09, 2016
Arbon Valley – The Best Place on Earth
Arbon Valley – The Best Place on Earth Arbon Valley has gone through changes over the past 100 years just like any town has.  However, if you see an old photo of your great-grandpa standing on a street with his field behind him, chances are you could pick out that spot and it would look exactly the same today.  This town is full of rich history as well as kind and honest people.
“Have you ever been down to Arbon Valley ?
I spend a lot of time there in my mind.
And if God doesn’t live in Arbon Valley,
I’ll bet that’s where he spends most of his time.”

Funeral Services for Thelda Blau

Many of you have heard that our dear friend and former Arbonite, Thelda Blau, passed away. Funeral services are this Saturday, December 10th, in the Emmett area. There will be no service in Ogden, as previously discussed.

9:30 – graveside (family only)
10:00 – short service at the Letha Ward building in Letha, Idaho (on Idaho Boulevard).


Any donations or card can be sent to Rex Blau at 5654 Hillview Rd, Emmett Idaho 83617

Property Taxes

I’d like to remind everyone that the 1st half of the 2016 property taxes are due December 20, 2016.  Thanks a bunch.  Have a Merry Christmas!

Deanna Curry

Christmas Dinner & Program

There will be a Christmas program at the LDS church tomorrow, Dec 3 at 6pm.  There will be food, a Christmas program, and Santa!  Everyone who would like to attend is invited.  Please bring a salad and desert to share and we’d love to see you there!

Arbon Phone List

It’s that time of year again – time to update the Arbon Phone Pages! Please phone, text, or email Melinda Campbell for any changes or additions (email is on 2016 phone page).

Printing will be December 5th!

School Board Minutes and Expenses


October 11, 2016

The Arbon School Board met on October 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. members Jason Williams, Jake Evans, Jessica Ward as was clerk, Cheri Evans.

The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Jessica to approve the agenda. The motion was moved by Jessica and seconded by Jake to approve the minutes.  The bills were reviewed.  The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Jessica to approve them.  The total M & O expenses for October was $24,412.32. The school received $105.29 from interest on investments. The school M & O balance is $265,989.81. The Plant Facility received $23.40 from interest the Plant Facility balance is $54,355.30. The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Jessica to approve the financial statement.

The Fun Run/Walk fund raiser raised $795. The teachers are to compile a list of needs that could be expended from REAP Funds and email it to the board.  The Board would also like the teachers to check into Power School or some other program so parents would be able to login to see how their child/children are doing in class daily.

The board had the final reading for the dual enrollment policy.  The policy was adopted.

Jake checked into upgrading the school security system.  The Board agreed to upgrade to a four camera NVR system.

Jason will talk with Ryan Weston about renting his lighting and sound equipment for the school programs.  Jessica will set up teacher evaluations.  The Board discussed a stipend/incentive for the teachers for board approved extra training they attend that is not connected with their recertification.

Jake will include the stipend/incentive discussion in the teacher, lead teacher, and administrative job descriptions and email them to the other board members to review. There has been one request for an application for the clerk/business manager/etc. position.

The next meeting will be held November 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The motion was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Approved 11/15/2016

Low protein pushes Idaho dryland wheat to feed

ARBON VALLEY, Idaho — Grain merchandisers in Southern and Eastern Idaho say upwards of half of the regional dryland wheat production has been sold into feeder channels, due to widespread problems with low protein levels.

In a typical year, buyers would blend low-protein wheat with high-quality grain and sell it to millers.

But there’s a glut of wheat on the market now, and prices of milling wheat are so low, growers are finding they can get a better deal by selling their wheat for feed, once discounts for low protein are factored in, explained Denis Capson, an Eastern Idaho merchandiser with Scoular.

With so much good wheat to choose from, Capson said, feed lots are being more selective and have been turning away wheat with a low test weight, which they would normally buy. In the American Falls and Aberdeen area, Capson said feed wheat is selling for $3.40 per bushel.

“We’re moving huge volumes of feed wheat — a couple of hundred thousand bushels per month (in Eastern Idaho),” Capson said.

According to an Oct. 9 USDA report, projected U.S. ending wheat stocks for 2016-2017 are 1.14 billion bushels, compared with ending stocks of 752 million bushels from the 2014-2015 season.

“The mills are filling up quickly,” Capson said, adding a decline in exports has contributed to the surplus.

For several reasons, the region’s dryland growers had an especially hard time meeting protein benchmarks this season. Arbon Valley dryland grower Hans Hayden explained his yields were up 25 to 50 percent, leaving less nitrogen for each kernel. Nitrogen is needed to boost protein levels, and irrigated growers have the advantage of applying nitrogen throughout the season in their water. Hayden also suspects a lack of summer rain prevented nitrogen from moving deeper into the soil profile to plant root zones.

Hayden had hard red winter wheat protein levels at 8 percent — buyers start to discount below 11.5 to 12 percent — but he had enough good spring grain to blend up his protein levels to just meet milling standards.

“Most of my neighbors found the price at the feed lot better than the price at the mill,” Hayden said.

Arbon Valley dryland grower Ken Campbell sold about 90 percent of his wheat to feeders.

“They’re giving me a better price, and you don’t have to make grade,” Campbell said.

Soda Springs dryland grower Sid Cellan sold 30 percent of his crop as feed.

“It was protein levels that caused me to sell for feed,” Cellan said, adding his spring crop had much lower protein than his fall crop. “I had great yields, and that is probably why protein was so low.”

For feed lot owners such as Dwayne Skaar, of Lewisville, an ample supply of feed wheat cuts costs significantly. His ration is typically half wheat and half corn.

“We can get wheat in there cheaper than corn because of the freight,” said Skaar, who buys corn mostly from the Midwest and is now feeding his cattle locally sourced soft white wheat.

A truck is loaded Nov 8 at Scoular's Bancroft elevator with dry-land wheat being shipped to feeders due to low protein content. Much of hte dry-land crop in Southern and Eastern Idaho will be used as feed this year.

This article was written by John O’Connell from Capital Press. The article can be found online, here: John’s article


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