Idaho’s agriculture industry is no small potatoes, earning the state an average of $27 billion annually. It ranks in the top 10 in the nation for 26 different crops and livestock. Overall, more than 180 different commodities are produced in the state at 25,700 farms across 11.5 million acres of farmland.
Potato production is a vital force in the Gem State’s economy as the number one potato producer and accounting for 30 percent of the nation’s total potato production. The seed industry is no small feat, either. Up to 85 percent of the sweet corn seed produced in the world takes place in Idaho.
First planted in Idaho more than 150 years ago, the state now has over 1,600 acres of grapes with 50 wineries. Yogurt production is also a vital force in the economy – Chobani, one of the top yogurt brands, opened a $100 million Idaho plant in 2012.