The farm-to-table movement in the United States has grown in recent years, as consumers have increasingly demanded locally sourced food. But in the past several weeks, the movement has grown out of necessity because some producers can't rely on the complex web of processors, distributors and middlemen to get food to customers.
While the pandemic has presented obstacles across the board to U.S. farmers and ranchers, local, smaller producers have found themselves with increased sales from previous years.
Hog prices were some of the hardest hit so far this year and are still dreadfully low.
Restaurant sales are down about 80% thanks to the coronavirus, leaving Magic Valley spud farmers with no one to buy their potatoes.
After a few months of good prices, milk values have taken a tumble on the open market, in part due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Federal regulations intended to protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure and drift seemed to fail to protect a group of Idaho farmworkers last year.
Two inhumane-treatment violations at an Idaho slaughterhouse are drawing national attention, with PETA calling for a federal investigation.
Although the last two years of rapid development and shrinking farmland acreage means things may look a little differently today, a robust network of farmers markets may be helping small producers thrive. And many Idahoans seem even more interested in supporting the farmers in their area.
A Buhl winemaker managed to make a rare and valuable barrel of ice wine this year.