Business & economy, Special Reports

Sellers of land to county now seek payment for not growing crops

The owners of Fort Boise Produce asked the county to pay them for not growing beans and corn on land they sold earlier to Malheur County, public records show.

County officials in April were presented with a bill for $17,875, representing what the owners, Farmer family, expected to earn in profits on the 25 acres they no longer planned to use in the 2022 harvest season. The invoice was disclosed recently by the Malheur County Economic Development Department in response to a public records request from the Enterprise. County officials said it has not been paid.

The acreage was part of a lease the Farmer family struck with Malheur County two years ago that allowed continued farming on more than 200 acres even though it had been sold to the county for industrial development.

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