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Economic Impacts of Wheat in Idaho

The wheat and barley industries play an important role in Idaho’s economy.

Idaho grain farmers generated nearly $500 million in cash receipts from sales of wheat and barley*, accounting for over 11% of all agricultural receipts in Idaho. Idaho producers also received an estimated $100 million of additional revenue from government payments.

Production of these grains creates jobs and income, not only in the production process but also in transportation, storage and input supply industries. Further positive economic impacts are generated by the flour milling and malt processing that occur in the state.

An informative brochure is available that breaks down the economic impact of each grain from different sections of the state and different areas of economic activity.

WHEAT Highlights

Wheat production generates:

Farm Revenues: $393 million

Impacts on Idaho's Economy:
• Total Sales: $639 million
• Value-Added: $327 million
• Earnings: $201 million
• Indirect Taxes: $24 million
• Jobs: 8,592

*Based on 2004 data.

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Idaho Annual Crop Production
All wheat planted in Idaho totaled 1.27 million acres, down 4 percent from 2013. Area harvested, at 1.20 million acres, is down 5 percent from the previous year. All wheat production totaled 93.7 million bushels, down 10 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 78.4 bushels per acre, down 3.8 bushels from 2013.