How important is agriculture to Idaho? VERY, VERY important. The Idaho State Department recognizes Idaho’s economic well-being is forever tied to the health of its farming and ranching. With 144 different crops grown in Idaho the variety, quality and availability of Idaho food and agricultural crops is abundant – meeting consumers’ needs both domestically and abroad.
Idaho is best known for its beef and potatoes. In fact, Idaho grows more potatoes than any other US growing region, annually producing about 12 billion pounds. Over 2 million head of cattle are raised on Idaho ranches and in feedlots producing high quality beef for restaurants and retailers throughout the country. Idaho ranks among the top US producers of several commodities as well as specialty crops. Idaho also leads the nation in production of trout, ranks second in barley and plums, and third in onions, sugar beets and mint.
Idaho is the fastest growing dairy state, and now ranks fifth in milk productions and third in production of cheese. Rich volcanic soil, long warm summer days with cool nights combined with use of state-of-the-art technology allow Idaho farmers to produce sweet corn, cherries, peaches, apples, watermelon, asparagus, as well as peas, lentils and dry beans. Grains grown in Idaho are shipped worldwide, as well as milled into flour for pasta, bread and cereals. In addition to food crops, Idaho farmers excel in raising quality hay, nursery stock and many types of vegetable, grass and forage seeds.
Peterson Stampede Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram is committed to keeping the farming and ranching community alive and well in Idaho. We recently participated in the Shaw Cattle production sale in February, and it was a sight to behold. Ranchers from near and far attended the annual event, hosted by the Shaw Cattle Co, which is a family operation that began raising registered seed stock in 1946.
In our continuing support of the AG environment here in Idaho, we will team up with a local FFA (Future Farmers Association) chapter to raise money for a program that is focused on promoting competent and assertive agriculture leadership. Our dealership will host a Ram Truck test drive which allows participants to take a short test drive, and earn the organization $20.00 per drive. It’s our way of giving back to the future of farmers and ranchers here in Idaho.
Together we can develop partnerships with other groups and organizations, and make our community a better place to live and work. Here is to our future farmers and ranchers, young and old!