See Idaho’s Massive Impact on Americas Food Supply
Idaho Agriculture is a massive part of what makes Idaho - Idaho. The Gem state is made up of some incredible, beautiful, wide-open, hard-working farmland. Idaho is top in the country for producing the most of three major crops and top two for quite a few other crop staples in the country.
Today is Farmer's Day celebrated every year. "Farmers Day is celebrated every year on October 12! The profession of farming began around 12,000 years ago with the domestication of livestock as hunter/gatherers settled down and started to plant their own food. In short, farming is one of the oldest jobs around. So let‘s take a moment to give some love to all the farmers who work tirelessly to feed us year round." - National Today
Stacker did this farm-tastic study showing what states produce the most of what, then they took it even further by showing the monetary correlation with those crops.
"About 87% of all agricultural products in America are produced on family ranches or farms."
No big surprise that Potatoes are at the top of the list although Washington is getting close.
1. Idaho ($1.0 billion)
2. Washington ($934.1 million)
3. Wisconsin ($338.7 million)
I didn't realize that mint was so big here
1. Idaho ($37.9 million)
2. Oregon ($35.6 million)
3. Washington ($29.0 million)
No wonder we like beer so much here in Idaho we are the #1 producer of Barley and #2 producer of Hops...
1. Idaho ($265.0 million)
2. Montana ($192.1 million)
3. North Dakota ($133.0 million)
4. Wyoming ($34.3 million)
5. Colorado ($32.7 million)
1. Washington ($475.7 million)
2. Idaho ($89.3 million)
3. Oregon ($71.6 million)
See more about Idaho's top farm producers here.
An Idaho farmer shared some local Idaho facts about local farming that are pretty interesting and eye opening. Check that out here.
Idaho farms have gotten creative and had some fun with inviting the public for fun and unique experiences like getting up close and personal with Camels at a Kuna farm (Scroll down to see up close pictures) to The Lowe Family Farmstead that has been around for decades and is one of the top (and massive) pumpkin patch festival farms around. Scroll past the camel farm to see over 100 photos of The Lowe Family Fall Filled Fun pumpkin patch park.
Thank you to ag and farm hero's everywhere and especially to our special ones here in Idaho. You are valued and appreciated.