By Steve Riccio, ED.D.

Blackfoot Farms has been a leading producer of dairy products for the southeastern region of Idaho since 1942. It is the second largest of the 600 dairy farms in Idaho, a state which has the fourth highest number of dairy farms in the United States, surpassed only by California, Wisconsin and New York. Like in other states across the country, Idaho dairy farms are declining in number for economic reasons. Blackfoot Farms has had a long-term strategy for more than 20 years to become larger and more productive. Blackfoot Farms bought three adjoining farms between 1995 and 2005, expanding its holdings to its current 3,000 acres. Family-owned and operated for four generations, Blackfoot Farms began with a herd of 15 cows and 225 chickens on roughly 100 acres of land five miles west of the town of Blackfoot, Idaho. Today, Blackfoot Farms is home to 2,000 cows and 3.5 million chickens.  A case in three parts, the case examines the wide variety of issues that will likely be encountered in a changing business and economic environment.  Case A addresses communication and employee relations. Case B addresses ethics and mistreatment of animals. Case C addresses HR Technology and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).