Idaho

State Quick Facts

Population
1,787,065

Total State GDP
$80,911,000,000

State Land Area (Acres)
52,891,520

Land in Forest
41%

Land in Farms
22%

Number of Farms
24,600

Average Farm Size (acres)
467

Farm Real Estate Value (per acre) 
$3,000

Agricultural Cash Receipts 
$7,454,847,000

Cash Receipts from Crops 
$3,121,629,000

Cash Receipts from Animals 
$4,333,218,000

Top Ag. Commodities

Dairy Products, Milk
 $2,373,055,000

Cattle and Calves
 $1,725,717,000

Potatoes
 $929,837,000

Wheat
 $523,496,000

Hay
 $422,593,000

Top Ag. Exports

Other Plant Products
 $433,587,221

Dairy Products
 $370,192,609

Wheat
 $294,206,847

Vegetables, Processed
 $263,157,379

Beef and Veal
 $214,985,646

Idaho Economic Contribution and Impact Research

In 2018, Idaho generated around $7.5 billion in agricultural cash receipts with the highest valued commodities being dairy products, specifically milk, cattle and calves, and potatoes. That same year, the value of Idaho’s agricultural production and processing industries represented 8.6 percent of total state GDP. Some of the dollars generated by these industries end up being re-spent within the local economy, bringing additional value to the state through “multiplier effects.” Economic impact and contribution studies measure these effects, which can be broken down into direct, indirect, and induced economic effects. 

Websites, reports, fact sheets, and articles related to the economic impacts and contributions of Idaho’s’ food, fiber, and forest industries can be found below.

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Information related to Idaho’s food, fiber, and forest industries can be found by visiting the following website(s):

*As of 2018, no standard methodology exists for producing economic impact or economic contribution reports.  Please exercise caution when viewing and comparing reports as each may vary significantly in terms of source data and analysis and reporting methodology.