Another record year for Idaho agriculture

January 2, 2014 

Idaho farmers and ranchers set a record high for cash receipts for a third-straight year in 2013, according to University of Idaho agricultural economists.

Farmers and ranchers brought in $7.82 billion in 2012, a 3 percent increase over 2012.

Idaho's leading agricultural industry was dairy, which generated $2.5 billion in receipts, a 6 percent increase from 2012. Cattle and calf sales brought in $1.5 billion, an 8 percent jump.

Potatoes led all crops with $965 million, a 1 percent increase. Hay totaled $539 million, an increase of 6 percent.

As expected, sugar beet receipts dropped 23 percent to $251 million due to a 21 percent drop in price to $40 per ton. Sugar beet acreage fell by 2 percent.

Wheat receipts totaled $732 million, an 8 percent drop. Barley farmers recorded $337 million in sales for a 10 percent increase. Dry bean sales increased 12 percent to $104 million.

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