Agriculture has from the beginning forged the values and character of Idaho's people, and of necessity crafted the foundations of responsible stewardship of its natural resources. The Coalition works to help maintain agricultural lands for the future by developing mechanisms that incorporate future looking planning in land use issues that will allow both development and protection of our agricultural heritage and traditions.
Our ultimate goal is to preserve for future generations a critical natural resource that feeds the world and a heritage that helps define the character of its society. Coalition membership represents a wide variety of agri-businesses and associations, financial institutions, food related companies and other individuals and companies interested in preserving Idaho's capacity to utilize a critical natural resource that ultimately feeds our world.
NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS
The University of Idaho reports that Idaho's 24,700 farms and ranches produced agricultural products valued at $7.32 billion in 2011, up from $5.9 billion in 2010. The U of I also produced a special map that details how each Idaho county contributed to that figure. To view the map, click here.
CAF FILES LAWSUIT REGARDING CANYON COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
For the past several months the Coalition has worked with Canyon County in an attempt to resolve the doubts about the County's Comprehensive plan that are outlined in the section below. Unfortunately, those efforts have proved unsuccessful and the problem remains. We will continue to work diligently with Canyon County officials, but the reluctance to move towards any meaningful solution left the Coalition with no alternative but to file a lawsuit in District Court on August 12 to bring about, if necessary, a judicial solution. The Coalition will continue to work with the County, but remains firmly resolved to ensure that Idaho law regarding the protection of agricultural land is not ignored.
COALITION RAISES DOUBTS ABOUT VALIDITY OF CANYON COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND LAND USE DECISIONS BASED ON PLAN
The Coalition has raised serious doubts about the validity of the current Canyon County Comprehensive Plan and any land use zoning decisions that have subsequently been made based on the plan. The issue involves the lack of a future land use guidance map that is required to be be in the Plan but which is not. The Coalition has submitted to the Canyon County Commissioners, the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Developmental Services Department a detailed letter that outlines the various aspects of the issue .
Coalition For Agriculture’s Future ~ 55 SW 5th Ave, Suite 100, Meridian, ID 83642
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