Milk: top agricultural commodity in Idaho

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(KMVT/KSVT) — Milk continues to take the top spot as far as agricultural commodity in the Gem State is concerned.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, $2.4 billion worth of milk was produced last year — a slight increase from 2015.

Milk represents more than 30 percent of the total agricultural value in the state.

The Dairymen's Association CEO told KMVT they expect milk to hold the top spot as they continue to see a rise in the number of cattle and milk produced per cow.

"We continue to get better at converting feed to milk and so we're getting more and more milk per cow from one year to the next, which also happens to lessen any possible negative environmental impact because we're gaining efficiency year over year," said CEO Rick Narebout.

Cattle came in second, followed by potatoes, hay and wheat to round out the top five commodities in the state.

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