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The 2013 Idaho Agriculture Census provides good insight into the size of Idaho's agricultural economy.

                                                             Farms Operations

Farm Operations - Number of Operations 24,500
Farm Operations - Acres Operated 11,800,000
                                                           Livestock Inventory 
Cattle, Cows, Beef - Inventory ( First of Jan. 2014 ) 445,000
Cattle, Cows, Milk - Inventory ( First of Jan. 2014 ) 565,000
Cattle, Incl Calves - Inventory ( First of Jan. 2014 ) 2,190,000
Cattle, On Feed - Inventory ( First of Jan. 2014 ) 225,000
Goats, Meat & Other - Inventory ( First of Jan. 2014 ) 14,000
Goats, Milk - Inventory ( First of Jan. 2014 ) 4,000
Sheep, Incl Lambs - Inventory ( First of Jan. 2014 ) 250,000
Hogs - Inventory ( First of Dec. 2013 ) 0

                                                            Milk Production

Milk - Production, Measured in Lb / Head 23,440
Milk - Production, Measured in $ 2,578,752,000
 

How Idaho Agriculture Ranks Within The U.S., 2012

Item Quantity U.S. Rank
MARKET VALUE OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS SOLD ($1,000)
Total value of agricultural products sold 7,801,446 19
   Value of crops, including nursery and greenhouse 3,443,012 20
   Value of livestock, poultry, and their products 4,358,435 15
 
VALUE OF SALES BY COMMODITY GROUP ($1,000)
Grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas 1,448,089 23
Vegetables, melons, potatoes and sweet potatoes 967,476 4
Fruit, tree nuts, and berries Not Public 29
Nursery, greenhouse, floriculture and sod 53,157 36
Cut Christmas trees and short rotation woody crops Withheld Withheld
Other crops and hay 950,370 4
Poultry and eggs 49,733 36
Cattle and calves 1,808,929 10
Milk from cows 2,333,364 4
Hogs and pigs Withheld 32
Sheep, goats, wool, mohair, and milk 42,173 7
Horses, ponies, mules, burros, and donkeys Withheld 34
Aquaculture 52,582 12
Other animals and other animal products 33,592 11
 
TOP CROP ITEMS (acres)
Forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage, and greenchop 1,376,632 16
Wheat for grain, all 1,250,494 11
Winter wheat for grain 738,354 11
Barley for grain 593,469 3
Spring wheat for grain 499,623 6
 
TOP LIVESTOCK INVENTORY ITEMS (number)
Cattle and calves 2,397,541 13
Layers 655,346 39
Pullets for laying flock replacement Withheld 35
Sheep and lambs 231,078 8
Pheasants 137,590 6

Agriculture has from the beginning forged the values and character of Idaho's people, and of necessity  crafted the foundations of responsible stewardship of its natural resources.  The Coalition works to help maintain agricultural lands for the future by developing mechanisms that incorporate future looking planning in land use issues that will allow both development and protection of our agricultural heritage and traditions.  Our ultimate goal is to preserve for future generations a critical natural resource that feeds the world and a heritage that helps define the character of its society.  Coalition membership represents a wide variety of agri-businesses and associations, financial institutions, food related companies and other individuals and companies interested in preserving Idaho's capacity to utilize a critical natural resource that ultimately feeds our world.                    


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