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Farm group believes county fair move would harm ag


By SEAN ELLIS



Capital Press






CALDWELL, Idaho -- An Idaho farm coalition's initial review of a proposal to move the Canyon County Fair to a new 80-acre site in the middle of farmland indicates the move would harm the county's agricultural economy.



The proposed new $40 million fair site would launch commercial and residential development in that area that would eventually consume huge amounts of additional farmland, said Roger Batt, executive director of the Coalition for Agriculture's Future.



The CAF includes 25 of the area's largest agribusinesses and ag-related associations and companies.



"The Coalition has measured the economic, social and physical impacts of moving the fair to the new site against accepted land use practices involving agricultural lands and the proposal as it exists would be harmful in every aspect," Batt said.



Batt said CAF will attempt to get answers and explanations from the fair board before deciding whether to formally oppose the project.



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