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Farm profits to fall for a second consecutive year

It will be a less profitable year for farmers as low grain, milk and hog prices cut into income, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say. The abundance of grain leftover from last year’s crop and 2015’s anticipated harvest of the ...

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Another energy bar company buys PowerBar plant in Boise (access required)

The former PowerBar plant on Eisenman Road in Boise won’t stand empty for long. PowerBar shut down a month or so ago with 165 employees, and on Aug. 24 Hearthside Food Solutions announced it would acquire the plant, also to ...

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Health insurance companies release higher rates in Idaho

Idaho officials have released the final rate increases for health insurance plans in Idaho for 2016. Blue Cross of Idaho Health Service has the most rate hikes, averaging out to be 23 percent higher than in 2015. Company officials say ...

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US home rents rose in July as ownership market cooled

U.S. home rents jumped in July as house prices showed signs of flagging. Real estate data firm Zillow said Aug. 25 that rents rose a seasonally adjusted 4.2 percent from a year ago. The higher rents suggest that demand for ...

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