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David Sparks Ph.d Brad Little and Rural Growth
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: February 20, 2017

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Idaho's Lieutenant Governor Brad Little recently gave a speech to Idaho Farm Bureau members and one of the topics was very encouraging as he compared operating expenses for a food processing plant in California versus Idaho. "In California, and they just figured an average plant, it would be $43 million a year. The same plant in Idaho would be $34.5 a year. The difference between operating that plant in California versus Idaho is in excess of $100 million over the life of that plant. That is why we are having more and more markets for our facilities here in Idaho. Why are they doing that? I talked to a company last week that is looking to put in another new plant that will use some of our products here and they know, if they want to build a plant, Idaho is the place to build it. They can get it up faster, regulations are easier to maneuver, the attitude between state and local government is conducive to getting those plants up and that is why all that activity is taking place. We made some of these facilities in small communities. It helps us get a better margin out of our product.

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