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Author Archives: John O'Connell

Farm stands thrive as culture changes (access required)

Payette farmer Galen Crawford has made a good living by selling melons, squash and pumpkins to major retailers, such as Walmart, Albertsons and WinCo Foods. This year, however, Crawford has placed greater emphasis on removing the middleman, selling more produce ...

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Twin Falls archway committee is about halfway there (access required)

Members of a committee raising money to build an archway into the Twin Falls historic downtown district say they’re about halfway toward meeting a revenue goal that’s ballooned to $300,000. The Twin Falls Archway Committee first met in November 2016, ...

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Building revenue-generating properties (access required)

Jack Harty has a mixed message for clients who approach him about building revenue-generating properties. Though interest rates have been creeping up, the principal of Harty Mortgage Advisors in Boise assures borrowers that rates “are still at a virtually 40-year ...

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Idaho oilseeds supplier expands his foreign markets (access required)

The owner of an American Falls oilseeds supplier said he’s been significantly expanding his foreign markets recently, creating new opportunities for local farmers to diversify their crop rotations. For growers in southern and eastern Idaho, contracts with Mountain States Oilseeds ...

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Barley farmers start supplying version of the grain that is edible for humans

A major grain supplier is developing a new market for Eastern Idaho barley farmers, who have endured recent cuts to their contracted malt barley acreage. In addition to raising malt barley for large brewing companies or feed barley for livestock, ...

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Need to buy land? Don’t look for bargains in Twin Falls

Builder David Scaggs has been surprised lately to find land in Twin Falls isn’t any cheaper than it is in the Treasure Valley, even though the latter is widely regarded as a national growth hotbed. In some cases, Scaggs, owner ...

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Payette study confirms a pent-up need for hotel rooms in western Idaho

Payette City leaders say they’re optimistic about a plan to build their community’s first chain hotel, after a favorable feasibility study. Fifteen miles to the north, officials in Weiser are also encouraged by the findings of the Payette study, believing ...

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Anheuser-Busch barley program aims for higher yields from Idaho growers

Anheuser-Busch brewmaster Dave Taylor believes barley  grown in Idaho has the perfect light color and produces consistently crisp and sweet malt, thanks largely to the state’s idyllic growing conditions and its lack of disease pressure. Consequently, the maker of the ...

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Senior living developers describe a saturated market

Developers of senior housing describe a saturated market in much of the Treasure Valley. Jeremy Garner, president of Veranda Senior Living, said several new providers – many without experience – have entered the local market to serve the seniors expected ...

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