C of I campus hosts ‘Why Save Farmland’ lecture

With 2,300 farms covering more than 300,000 acres, it’s easy to see that farming is a crucial part of life in Canyon County. But what roles do farming and farmland use play in our rapidly changing world?

Come join the discussion on the future of farmland in the southwest Idaho as the Treasure Valley Food Coalition presents “Why Save Farmland?” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the Langroise Center on The College of Idaho campus in Caldwell. The year-long educational series, co-sponsored by the C of I environmental studies program, will explore the benefits and challenges of preserving agriculture in the Treasure Valley.

The fall event features Mike McGrath, a retired manager of the Delaware Agricultural Lands Perseveration Foundation and Chief of Planning Delaware Department of Agriculture. McGrath is a nationally recognized leader in farmland stewardship who speaks regularly on farmland preservation and the use of advanced geographic information systems in land use planning and modeling. He currently concentrates his practice on helping clients increase productivity, focus and achievement by applying planning principles.

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The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit