Food Processing, Food Science & Agriculture
Food production, processing and science serve as the economic foundation for our region. The Magic Valley leads the state's agribusiness industry by contributing nearly half of the state's total agribusiness receipts. Southern Idaho is one of four regions in the U.S. to earn the prestigious Federal Manufacturing Community Designation in the Food category. This designation further cements our region's economic dominance in all things food in the global marketplace.
Nowhere else in Idaho are there more dairy farms than in Southern Idaho, accounting for 80% of the state's dairy processing. Our excellent cow feed availability and generally cool year-round climate has helped us become #4 for milk production and #3 for cheese production in the United States.
Chemical, Plastics & Packaging
A mini-cluster of chemical, plastic and packaging manufacturers are enjoying the rewards of operating in Southern Idaho, including several major extruders, injection mold manufacturers, cardboard box, styrofoam, and other manufacturers. Many have chosen the region for their expansion because of the area's strong, qualified workforce, favorable power rates, good location and transportation for a west coast presence.