Idaho’s rural economy is a topic of great interest to many, and on Tuesday, Feb. 13th, Labor Economist Ryan Whitesides will be hosting a webinar to discuss the various components of it. The webinar will take place from 11 a.m. to noon MT and will cover topics such as demographics, population, and the different industries that make up rural Idaho’s economy, including public and private sectors, farms, ranches, and national monuments.
Whitesides emphasizes that rural Idaho’s economy can mean different things to different people, and it is not solely based on agriculture, as there are other components such as forests, community gateways to national parks, and more. Those interested in attending the webinar can register for the event on Zoom, and information about future webinars and registration events can be found on the department’s calendar of events.
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