Monday, April 1, 2013

Farm to Market: Boise Officials To Consider Sale Prices for City-Grown Alfalfa, Corn

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 10:07 AM

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 sell 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 distributed to the fields which grow alfalfa, corn and small grains. Much of the crop yields are ultimately sold to regional farmers for silage and livestock feed.

Boise City Council members will be asked to approve a new pricing structure to sell the crops, based on U.S. 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).

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