Economy

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Idaho and the rest of the northwest are growing more hops this year.

The number of acres of hops went up again this year in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The three-state area is forecast to grow a record 55,000 acres. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that’s 4 percent more than last year’s record bumper crop.

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640 employees at Sykes Enterprises in Boise are out of work following a round of layoffs at the call center.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the influx of people flocking to the Gem State boosting populations – and changing the fortunes – of a majority of Idaho’s cities. However, smaller communities aren’t seeing the same spikes.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

A building along downtown Boise’s bustling 8th Street is getting a facelift. The home of several downtown restaurants and a nightclub, the Capitol Terrace is in the midst of shedding some years.


Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

It’s 7:00 p.m. after a long day of work, and Rudy and Sami Ashenbrener sit on their back porch in Twin Falls. Their eight-month-old Miles is in his high chair next to them while their dog Hercules runs around their backyard.

The House of Representatives passed its newest version of the farm bill this week. It includes stricter work requirements for people who get food stamps.

Susan Montoya Bryan / AP

U.S. beef prices are down slightly from this time last year, though that shouldn’t necessarily worry ranchers because prices could rebound by the end of the year.

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

The Transportation Security Administration predicts that 6,500 passengers a day will pass through their body scanners in Boise this summer. That’s a 10 percent over last year.

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Despite Idaho’s rural character, the state isn’t exempt from issues of housing affordability associated with more developed regions. A new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition finds a disparity between Idaho wages and the cost of rent.

The House did not pass its version of a farm bill last month, but the Senate may have a better shot this week when they consider the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.

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A milk processing plant in the Magic Valley is planning a big expansion. It’s the latest in a dairy industry growth spurt taking place in Jerome.

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Last year, the cold and wet winter evolved into a cold and wet spring, presenting a swath of challenges for producers. But milder conditions have prevailed so far this season. According to the Capital Press, growers from Nyssa to New Plymouth are reporting a good start to the summer.

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The Trump Administration announced it’s allowing stiff tariffs to go into effect on steel and aluminum from Mexico and the European Union. With Idaho’s growing beer scene, the move is getting mixed responses from brewers.

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It’s been another strong month for Idaho’s job market. The state added more than 1,300 jobs in April.

Katy Moeller / Idaho Statesman

The Garden City Youth Ranch on Chinden Boulevard closed Sunday, after holding a closeout sale over the weekend. The Idaho Statesman reports the building – which was built in 1986 on the busy thoroughfare – has already been sold.

 

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