We say, "Idaho," they say, "potato!" 

We know, we know 🙄

When people think of Idaho, they associate us with all things potato. From our potato farms and famous fried potato ice cream, to the 17-foot-long potato the Idaho Potato Commission ceremoniously drops from a crane over downtown Boise on New Years Eve, people think potatoes are the center of Idaho's universe.

FYI: we're well aware of the fact that the ostentatious potato drop fans the flames of our perceived potato obsession. We're lookin' at you, Idaho Potato Commission.

Idaho doesn't just run on potatoes, y'all. 

We know it's hard for many (if not most) outsiders to believe, but there's more to Idaho agriculture than the oblong russet. Have we more than doubled our potato tonnage output since the 1980s? Yes. Do potatoes chip in about $4 billion to Idaho's economy each year? Also yes. But did you know Idaho farmers raise 24 other crops?

Idaho’s 25,000 farms and ranches produce more than 185 different commodities, and we’re ranked in the top 10 in the U.S. for production of more than 25 crops and livestock.

-Idaho State Department of Agriculture

Since we're on the subject, ISDA also reports Idaho agriculture overall is at an all-time high. It accounts for 18% of Idaho’s economy and total economic output, with food and beverage processing being our state’s second largest manufacturing sector.

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Don't get us wrong. We're proud of Idaho potatoes!

Morning, noon, and night, we think potatoes are the bee's proverbial knees. And, accept for when we're downwind of a mint field that always smells like stale pot to us, we're pretty big fans of all our native crops. See for yourself in the gallery below.

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10 Super Valuable Idaho Crops No One Talks About

Gallery Credit: Nikki West

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How To Go To Jail For Growing Idaho Potatoes

Don't approach potato planting the wrong way or you'll face some serious consequences!

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10 Potato Facts You Probably Didn't Know

Idaho produces more potatoes than any other state. That may not be a surprise but did you know on average in one year is is over a billion dollars in revenue for the state?! That is a lot of potatoes.  How much do we really know about these potatoes that have helped make our great state what it is today?

Gallery Credit: Nikki West

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