Value of Idaho Ag Up 4% In 2020

According to NASS, the value of agricultural production in Idaho hit $8.4 billion in 2020, up 4% year over year; the value of Idaho’s crop production in 2020 was $3.61 billion, up 8% from 2019. The value of livestock production in 2020 totaled $4.79 billion, up less than 1% from the previous year. The rankings of the top ten commodities remained unchanged from 2019.

Milk remains the leading agricultural commodity in the State with a 2020 value of $2.99 billion, up 4 % from 2019. This is the second highest value of milk production on record, with the highest being in 2014. Milk represented 36% of the total agricultural value compared with 35% in 2019.

While cattle and calves remained in the second position, the value of production totaled $1.25 billion, down 10% year over year.

Potatoes ranked 3rd in 2020 with value of production of $981 million, down 6% from the previous year.

Hay, the state’s #4 crop, reported a value of production of $817 million, up 2% from 2019.

Wheat rounded out the top five with a value of $576 million, up 16% from the previous year.

These five commodities had a combined value of $6.61 billion, or 79 percent of the 2020 value for all commodities, excluding government payments. The same five commodities in 2019 had a combined value of $6.60 billion, 81% of the total value.

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