Updated: Apr 9, 2020
Latah County’s history has been shaped by a few major industries since the 19th century, most notably mining, timber, and agriculture. The latter, in fact, was the most important force in the lives of southern Latah County residents. Agriculture, moreover, continues to be a significant part of the county’s overall economic base. As harvest marches forward throughout the Palouse, we are reminded of earlier generations of farmers who devoted themselves to the land and to feeding their neighbors, their fellow Americans, and people around the world.
The soil quality of the Palouse is world renowned. Southern Latah County encompasses some of the most fertile land on Earth, and it is known as one of the best places in the U.S. to grow wheat, dry peas, and lentils. Even before the arrival of settlers from farther east, the region was known by the Nez Perce and other local American Indians as a bountiful region for camas and huckleberries.
Today’s farmers uphold the traditions of harvest time, including hard work, dedication, and camaraderie with one’s neighbors.