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Molly Messick

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

In the West, in Idaho's arid, high desert, the drought has a mixed effect. There's a big divide between farmers with deep wells and irrigation and those without.

Hans Hayden is a rare find: a talkative farmer. He likes to explain things. But when it comes to the wheat he planted this spring, there's not much to say. This field needed rain. It didn't get it.

"At this point in time, it kind of looks like a desert," he says.

Forget about the difference in economies among the states. In Idaho, there are drastic differences from county to county. Agriculture is booming, while the timber industry is hurting — and the counties that depend on those industries show it. Molly Messick of StateImpact Idaho explains.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In the last few years, more than 4,000 refugees have found their way to a far-flung spot: Idaho. Most of the state's incoming refugees come to Boise. For years, the city's strong economy, good-quality affordable housing and supportive community created an especially favorable environment for refugee resettlement. The recession has shifted that picture.

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