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The tables below offer information about Idaho agriculture from the general agricultural groups to the more specific commodities or products. The ranking assigned to a given commodity is based on the commodity's cash receipts; how much money it made.
Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
As you can see from the table below, Idaho ranks 21st among the states for total agricultural production with a more production in the livestock and livestock products category than in crops.
Idaho's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
This table lists Idaho's top commodities in each of Idaho's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.
Almost 1/3 of Idaho's total agricultural production is provided by its number one agricultural commodity, dairy products. Cattle and calves run a strong second and make up 1/4 of state's agricultural production. In the livestock group, aquaculture (rainbow trout, steelhead, salmon, sturgeon, catfish, tilapia, and tropical fish), sheep and lambs are of lesser importance.
In the crop group, potatoes are Idaho's number one product. Wheat, hay, and sugar beets are also important crops with barley rounding out the top five.
Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of Idaho.
The 2004 table above contains information about Idaho agricultural production provided by the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture.
The first column of the table lists the product (commodity).
The second column of the table lists a number representing the dollar value of the product. This number is not the dollar value of the product. This number represents the dollar value of the product in thousands of dollars. For example, the number listed for the value of dairy products in Idaho is 1,358,400. This number represents a dollar value of $1,358,400,000 (1,358,400 x 1,000): one billion, three hundred and fifty-eight million, four hundred thousand dollars.
The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Idaho. For example, dairy products contribute to 31.2% of Idaho's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of dairy products add up to almost 1/3 of Idaho's total agricultural production.
National ranking highlights - 2004
Idaho farms and farmland - 2004
Because of different rounding methods (e.g., farm acres given by the National Argriculture Statistics Service), percentage of farmland per state should be considered a rough estimate.
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