Economy

Idaho Department of Parks And Recreation

A joint study by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation and the economics department at Boise State finds Idaho’s state parks are a big source of income for the Gem State.

Erin Colonna / Flickr Creative Commons

When it comes to hop farming, the Pacific Northwest is king. Washington State leads the pack but Idaho eclipsed Oregon in 2017.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

You've seen those large metal boxes atop truck trailers. They're used to ship goods from distant seaports to local warehouses while remaining in the same container. Now a Boise home builder says they could be one solution to the shortage of low-income housing.

Clairvoyant Brewing

On a recent winter afternoon, Mike Francis stood on the brew deck at Payette Brewing Company in Boise. He pointed to four large stainless steel vessels surrounding him.


Josh Delp via Flickr Creative Commons

Take a drive west on Highway 19 towards Wilder and you’ll start to see rows of poles more than a dozen feet tall, piercing the southwest Idaho sky.

It’s here that farmers grow one of the most critical components of beer: hops.

Steve Schroeder / Flickr

Two companies are exploring the feasibility of building a food processing facility in Nampa. The proposed location is near the Ford Idaho Center and owned by the city. While the project could trigger large investment in the community, some worry it could impact numerous horse shows scheduled at the events center.

TSheets

TSheets, the digital timesheet company based in Eagle, sold itself to Intuit, the maker of QuickBooks. It’s a merger that makes sense given the two companies long relationship.

Skip Russell / Flickr Creative Commons

The Magic Valley is known for its agricultural clout. But beyond giant dairy farms and the row crops, there’s an aquatic economy that’s literally hopping.

Boise, downtown, city, moon
Charles Knowles / Flickr Creative Commons

Forbes is out with a fresh list highlighting the Best States for Business and Idaho is – near-ish the top? The Gem State comes in at 20 on the list, sandwiched between Massachusetts and Missouri.

Chobani

The Greek yogurt juggernaut Chobani has rebranded as the company moves into its second decade on the market. Chobani opened its Twin Falls plant in 2012, becoming the largest yogurt facility in the world. The plant employs 1,000 people who earn an average of $15 an hour.

givingtuesday.org

The named days just keep coming. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. We’ve reached the last of the Thanksgiving-adjacent buying days: Giving Tuesday. This christened shopping day is meant to channel holiday spending toward more worthy causes than the mall.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

At a time when the national immigration debate still swirls, Idaho’s need for seasonal agricultural work is rising. According to the Capital Press, the number of H-2A guest workers in the state could increase significantly.

dcJohn / Flickr

The cost of the traditional Thanksgiving meal is down. Food prices are at the lowest level in five years.

Let’s start with the turkey. The cost of a bird this year is down 2 cents per pound, making for a going rate of about $1.40 per pound. According to the American Farm Bureau, the cost of a big, beautiful 16-pound turkey is $22.38.

Adam Lederer / Flickr

Thursday is Thanksgiving: a time to be with friends and family, eat too much and remember the things in life that really matter. But come Friday – Black Friday – all bets are off. Elbows are thrown in malls, people have been lined up outside some stores for weeks to get a big screen for a bargain basement price and all that affirmation we felt the day before about what matters is thrown out the window when we see a pair of moms on the news clawing at the last doll on a shelf.

Dean Shareski / Flickr

The fourth Thursday of November is almost here, meaning people across the nation are preparing to travel for Thanksgiving. In Idaho, the vast majority of those getting out of town for the holiday will be hitting the road.


Pages