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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.

Thursday, October 1, 2015
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Winter Wheat Production in Northwest Region Down 2 Percent from Last Year

Idaho planted 750,000 acres of winter wheat in 2015, down 30,000 acres from 2014. Harvested area, at 700,000 acres, is down 30,000 acres from 2014. Winter wheat production in Idaho is 57.4 million bushels, down 2 percent from last year.

Idaho planted 440,000 acres of spring wheat in 2015, down 40,000 acres from 2014. Harvested area, at 425,000 acres, is down 30,000 acres from 2014. Spring wheat production in Idaho is 29.8 million bushels, down 14 percent from last year.