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September 18, 2015
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By SEAN ELLIS
Capital Press
BOISE — The total value
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Total Idaho agricultural
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Dry beans are sorted for quality
at Treasure Valley Seed Co.’s
production facility in Homedale,
Idaho, on Sept. 4. Idaho’s dry
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bean harvest.
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Richard Johnson, owner of Grove City Gardens in Blackfoot, Idaho, holds up two ears of Mexican
crazy corn, winner of the People’s Choice Award for the best fair food in 2015. Johnson and Reed’s
Dairy of Idaho Falls are unique among fair vendors in that they produce the food they sell.
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