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Agribusiness Is Blooming in Southern Idaho

According to a recent study, almost half of the Magic Valley's jobs are directly or indirectly created by this industry (but it's not the only segment doing well).

By Kevin Litwin on December 10, 2021

Amalgamated Sugar Co. in Southern Idaho
Amalgamated Sugar

The Magic Valley has proven to be a magical place for a number of companies, many of them globally known brands that are experiencing growth in one of the most livable regions in the U.S. One of the healthiest sectors in this region is agribusiness, which encompasses food processing, food science and agriculture.

A recent study by Southern Idaho Economic Development on agribusiness in Twin Falls and Southern Idaho revealed:

  • The region sold almost $7 billion of related goods and services and contributed $2.5 billion to Idaho’s gross state product.
  • More than 15,000 of total area jobs are farm or processing related.
  • Almost half of Magic Valley jobs are directly or indirectly created by agribusiness.
  • Two of every three sales dollars are directly or indirectly created by agribusiness.
  • Southern Idaho ranks in the top third of U.S. states for food processing.

In fact, the Magic Valley contributes nearly 50% of Idaho’s total agribusiness receipts and is one of only four regions in the U.S. to earn a prestigious Federal Manufacturing Community Designation in the “All Things Food” category.

Major agribusiness employers in the Magic Valley include Amalgamated Sugar Company, Clear Springs Foods, Clif Bar & Co., Gossner Foods and NewCold. ConAgra/Lamb Weston is a leading supplier of frozen potato, sweet potato, appetizer and vegetable products. Frozen food brand McCain Foods and meat processors Independent Meat Co. and Scarrow Meats also have operations in the region.

Manufacturing Muscle

A mini-cluster of chemical, plastic and packaging manufacturers are doing robust business in Southern Idaho. Many manufacturing companies choose the region for favorable power rates, a good workforce and convenient transportation to West Coast markets.

Top manufacturing companies include Dart Container, Dow Chemical, Hilex Poly – Novolex, Seastrom Manufacturing and Spears Manufacturing.

The economy of Southern Idaho is diverse, and other companies enjoying good times in the Magic Valley include Arlo G. Lott Trucking, College of Southern Idaho, Intermountain Gas, Scott Jackson Trucking, St. Luke’s Health System and WOW Logistics.

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