NPC recognizes East Idaho potato farmer for stewardship

Courtesy National Potato Council
Boyd Foster, right, of Vista Valley Ag in Ririe, Idaho, and his wife, Laurie, receives the prestigious 2016 Environmental Stewardship Award from Jim Tiede during the National Potato Council’s 2017 Annual Meeting Jan. 6 in San Francisco.   Boyd Foster has found a silver lining to low commodity prices, reasoning down grain markets have opened an “exciting” opportunity to make his farm more environmentally sustainable. With wheat prices in the basement, Foster believes he’ll come out ahead next season by converting a few pivots to grass and experimenting with low-water, management-intensive grazing. Such conservation-minded thinking recently earned the 59-year-old East Idaho grower one of the potato industry’s highest honors during the National Potato Council’s annual meeting Jan. 6 in San Francisco. Foster received NPC’s 2016 Environmental Stewardship Award. Foster, a former Idaho Potato Commission chairman, was nominated by IPC. More