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Coalition Joins Community Effort

To Find Ag Land Preservation Solutions

          The Coalition for Agriculture’s Future (CAF) has joined an intensive community-wide effort to find a workable solution to the problem of competing land use interests. The goal is to find and implement a forward looking land use decision making process applicable to the conversion of agricultural lands that is formulated from a consensus among all competing interests.

          This community-based process to create mutually acceptable zoning guidelines applicable to Canyon County agriculture involves extensive stakeholder meetings, negotiations and the development of a unified proposal by all stakeholders that can be considered by the Planning & Zoning Board and Canyon County Commissioners. This community effort is crucial to the future wellbeing of the Canyon County agricultural economy.      

          From its very beginning agriculture has been the economic foundation on which Idaho has grown.  There are more than 25,700 farms in Idaho that produce more than 180 different commodities. Agriculture pumps approximately $8 Billion each year into the Idaho economy and generates tens of thousands of jobs. In Canyon County alone 10 acres of agricultural land accounts for $158,000 in base sales, $33,790 in base wages and creates 1 job.  Ag-related industries such as food production, transportation, equipment, seed production, dairy products, meat production, and others all are byproducts of Idaho’s agricultural community and rely on a strong agricultural environment for their existence.

          But there is a looming crisis in Idaho that presents a growing threat to its agricultural livelihood.  It is a loss of viable agricultural lands as a direct result of the enormous growth in Idaho’s population over the past two decades. Take a look at the impact of 15 years of growth in the Ada/Canyon County area of the Treasure Valley.

          Development has resulted in a growing range of rural/urban clashes due to generally recognized farming practices such noise, aerial and ground application of pesticides, irrigation and water rights, cross-pollination issues, dust and noise associated with farming practices.

            Serious concerns about the future of agriculture and existing agricultural operations have been voiced by a wide range of different sectors of the community including farmers, agri-businesses, city and county officials, and Agricultural Producers.  At the heart of the issue is the land use decision making process that determines when agricultural lands should be rezoned for non-agricultural uses.

            Growth and develop are both inevitable and crucial to Idaho’s future. The perplexing question is how to best balance the two mutually exclusive demands. Preservation of agricultural lands is extremely important for Idaho’s future; however, there is a critical need for residential and industrial growth as our population expands.  It is clear that it is extremely important both demands find an acceptable method by which to co-exist.

          Contact Roger Batt, CAF Executive Director, at (208) 888-0988 or (208) 412-5760 or by email at if you would like to be involved with this community effort.

Coalition For Agriculture’s Future ~ 55 SW 5th Ave, Suite 100,  Meridian, ID 83642

(208) 888-0988 - Fax (208) 888-4586  ~  Email:


News and Information

About Preserving Idaho's

Agricultural Lands

Harold Nevill Named

2019-2020 CAF President

   Harold Nevill of Nampa was named as the 2019-2020 president of the Coalition for Agriculture's Future.

   He was picked to head the Coalition at the group's annual meeting August 16 in Caldwell.

    Ron Baker was elected as the CAF’s Vice President for 2019-2020 while Brett Lolley was named Secretary.