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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, January 18, 2016
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Growers’ help needed to improve crop insurance
Sprout damage from heavy rains in southern and eastern Idaho at the end of the 2014 growing season made evident the inadequacy of current crop insurance for wheat growers, which is based on yields and not quality.

USDA’s Risk Management Agency has expressed a willingness to make changes to the quality standard for wheat by addressing the low falling number scale, but the agency wants to address the issue nationwide and needs strong data to support any changes.
Growers can assist the effort by providing multiple years of settlement data, at least the last six years but preferable the last 10 to 12.

RMA does not need and would prefer not to receive growers’ names, addresses and tax ID numbers.

The data must contain: the year; county and state where the crop was grown (not sold/delivered); quality of production; gross price received; net payment (gross less any dockage, but not considering any storage or shipping fees); test weight; and protein.

In addition, the agency needs at least one of the following: DON/VOM; falling number; or other quality spec of interest.
Growers are asked to send info to Blaine Jacobson at blaine@idahowheat.org.