The Importance of Agriculture Exports

With 95.5% of the world’s population and 80% of the world’s wealth being outside of the United States, opportunities for agricultural exports are great. Middle class consumer populations are growing quickly around the globe and the United States is a mature market able to serve these growing middle class consumers.

Export Statistics

Idaho produces 185 commodities statewide. Idaho continues to be among the nation’s leader in the production of several commodities and is ranked in the top ten in the nation for 25 different crops and livestock. Cash receipts for Idaho agriculture in 2013 are projected to be $7.59 billion, a 3% increase over 2011. Idaho agriculture remains the state’s leading natural resource-based industry.

U.S. Agricultural Trade Data

USDA Foreign Ag Service Databases

Idaho Agricultural Statistics

The total dollar value of Idaho agricultural commodities exported was $2.37 billion in 2012 (source USDA ERS). The table below summarizes Idaho’s largest export commodity groups.

Commodity Group

2012 Exports

Rank Among Other States

Wheat and Wheat Products


$405.0 million


Vegetables and Preparations


$351.3 million


Dairy Products


$335.3 million


Feeds and Fodders

$73.6 million



Where Idaho Agricultural Exports Go

Canada and Mexico are Idaho’s largest agricultural export markets, with Japan and China following closely behind. The chart below shows the top ten export markets for Idaho’s agricultural products.