Idaho maintains No. 3 spot among top milk-producing states

Idaho produced nearly 13.9 billion pounds of milk in 2014, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report, ranking the state as the No. 3 milk producer for the second-straight year.

California led all states in dairy production with 42.3 billion pounds of milk, followed by Wisconcin at 27.8 billion pounds. New York closely followed Idaho with 13.7 billion pounds.

Idaho dairies saw a 26 percent increase in cash receipts in 2014 thanks to high milk prices, fueling a record year for Idaho agriculture sales and profits. projected by University of Idaho agriculture economists. Milk production should remain steady, but U of I economist Garth Taylor told the Statesman in February that falling milk prices would likely shave $1 billion off of the state’s 2014 sales of about $3.25 billion in sales in 2015.

“Take your celebration now, farmers,” Taylor said.