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On The Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

  • The grass-roots marijuana industry.
  • An Idaho startup helps African girls attend school.
  • INL researcher finds energy source on the farm.
  • St. Al's Festival of Trees highlights Christmas splendor and raises funds.

- University of Concordia law professor Ryan Stoa's Craft Weed: How Family Farming can Remain in Marijuana’s Future examines the parallels between the craft beer industry and the growth of cannabis distribution. Stoa joins Idaho Matters to look at how these business models could work.

- Payton McGriff saw an opportunity to help girls in impoverished Sub-Saharan nations better their futures by attending school. With some fellow business students from the University of Idaho, McGriff formed Style Her Empowered. They teach girls in Togo to sew their own school uniforms, overcoming one of the largest obstacles to education in Africa. McGriff joins Idaho Matters to talk about their work and empowering people through education.

- Dealing with cow waste has been a challenge for dairy farmers in Idaho since the Gem State became America's third-largest dairy producer in 1980. Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory are studying the economic benefits of turning cow flops into fuel and yes, there is gold in them thar hills of manure. Idaho Matters speaks with an INL researcher about their pungent findings.

- Saint Alphonsus' Festival of Trees is a 35-year tradition that invites the public to see a magnificent display of Christmas trees and holiday revelry at the Boise Center. The event welcomes the holiday season to Boise while raising funds for healthcare in the Treasure Valley. We'll hear all about the celebration on Wednesday's Idaho Matters.