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processors. “The only thing I can really control,” one farmer told me, “is what time I get out of bed in the morning.”
Over the past twenty-five years, Idaho has lost about half of its potato farmers. During the same period, the amount of land devoted to
potatoes has increased. Family farms are giving way to corporate farms that stretch for thousands of acres. These immense corporate farms
are divided into smaller holdings for administrative purposes, and farmers who’ve been driven off the land are often hired to manage them.
The patterns of land ownership in the American West more and more resemble those of rural England. “We’ve come full circle,” says Paul
Patterson. “You increasingly find two classes of people in rural Idaho: the people who run the farms and the people who own them.”
The headquarters of the Potato Growers of Idaho (PGI) is a strip-mall office suite, not far from a potato museum in Blackfoot. The PGI is a
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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