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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.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014
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Winter Wheat Production in Northwest Region Down 19 Percent from Last Year

Idaho planted 780,000 acres of winter wheat in 2014, unchanged from 2013. Harvested area, at 730,000 acres, is down 10,000 acres from 2013. Winter wheat production in Idaho is 58.4 million bushels, down 8 percent from last year with yield estimated at 80.0 bushels per acre, down 6.0 bushels per acre from 2013.

Idaho planted 480,000 acres of spring wheat in 2014, down 50,000 acres from 2013. Harvested area, at 455,000 acres, is down 55,000 acres from 2013. Spring wheat production in Idaho is 34.6 million bushels, down 12 percent from last year with yield estimated at 76.0 bushels per acre, down 1.0 bushel per acre from 2013.

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