A dwindling number of farms produce the vast majority of Idaho’s agriculture products. Larger farms operate more efficiently, helping farmers offset lower commodity prices with higher yields and lower inputs. Smaller farms struggle to make it in the new ag world, prompting some farmers to cash in on high land prices by selling to neighboring farmers or developers.
Hay production has ramped up in Idaho to feed the state’s growing beef and dairy herds. Hay has surpassed potatoes as Idaho’s biggest crop, but rain has damaged hay quality for two straight years, threatening hay operators operating beneath break-even points.
We talk about making America great as if we’ve lost it all. Nancy Naper says she’s betting on the ability of people who do the work — in the field, on the factory floor, in the classroom or the operating room — to ask good questions and find ways to do things better.
Café Mulé — Boise’s mule-side coffee service that ran into regulatory issues — has received permission from private landowners to work at three spots in the Ridge to Rivers trail system in the Boise Foothills.
Former Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig, working for a gas and oil exploration company, told the Idaho and Gas Conservation Commission Thursday that current rules for meters at wellheads are inadequate. He called for using North Dakota’s rules immediately.