The City of Boise - like most municipalities - pays its bills through a revenue stream, generated primarily from taxes and fees. But citizens may be interested to know that another revenue stream comes into the city from the sale of alfalfa, oats and wheat.
When the Boise City Council meets this Tuesday, April 2, officials will be asked to adopt a resolution to set minimum prices in order to sells commodities from the Twenty Mile South Farm - a 4,000 acre farm on South Cloverdale Road - where biosolids from the City's two main wastewater treatment plants are trucked in four times a day to be recycled as soil supplements.
The biosolids are are distributed to the fields which grow alfalfa, corn and small grains. Much of the crops are ultimately sold to region farmers for silage and livestock feed.
City of Boise Council members will be asked to approve a new pricing structure to sell the corps, based on United States Department of Agriculture market reports. The resolution notes that the Twenty Mile South Farm yields approximately 1,500 acres of alfalfa, 1,100 acres for corn sileage, 825 acres for wheat and smaller amount of acreage for oats and tritacle (a hybrid grain).