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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.

Monday, March 10, 2014
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Barley Acres Planted in the Northwest Region Down 6 Percent from Last Year
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Wheat producers, in Idaho, expect to plant 1.20 million acres of wheat for harvest this year, down 8 percent from 2013.
Winter wheat acres planted are estimated at 700,000 acres, down 9 percent from last year. Planted acres of Durum wheat, in Idaho, are estimated at 11,000 for 2014, unchanged from the previous year. Spring wheat planted acres, excluding Durum, are expected to total 490,000 acres, down 8 percent from last year.