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Idaho Increases Milk Production to 37 Million Pounds Per Day; Dairy Exports Up 52%

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State on track to become nations third largest milk producer; 72% of states milk cows located in Southern Idaho, according to the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization.

Twin Falls, ID (PRWEB) August 28, 2014

Idaho is on track to surpass New York state as the nations third largest milk producer after California and Wisconsin, generating 37 million pounds each day. Since January 2014, Idaho has outpaced New York in milk production and exported $213 million in cheese, dry milk, whey, butter and lactose, a 52% increase from previous years according to the latest state numbers.

Increased milk production has been important to meet growing demand from our booming yogurt and cheese industry, says Jan Rogers, executive director, Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO). Cheese is now the number one export in Idaho and most of the states dairy production 72% or 27 million pounds daily -- takes place in Southern Idaho where we also have the worlds largest yogurt manufacturing facility.

Southern Idaho, known as Americas most diverse food basket, has recently attracted Chobanis $450 million yogurt plant and Glanbias $15 million headquarters and Cheese Innovation Center. The region has also recently attracted investments from food giants Clif Bar, Monsanto and Frulact Group.

The numbers show a stronger Idaho dairy industry economically in 2014 over the previous few years, said Bob Naerebout, executive director of the Idaho Dairymens Association.

About Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization

The Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO) is a joint venture of public and private sectors formed to help diversify and strengthen the regional economy by retaining and attracting business in the communities of Twin Falls, Jerome, Kimberly, Filer, Gooding, Glenns Ferry, Burley, Heyburn, Paul, and Rupert. http://www.southernidaho.org.

Located along the Snake River, Southern Idahos communities are located 120 miles southeast of Boise, Idahos state capital, and 223 miles northwest of Salt Lake City.

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