Value-Added Processing of Idaho Starch-Based Agricultural Commodities
Major agricultural commodities, such as wheat and potatoes, are at the foundation of Idaho's agricultural base, and are of vital economic significance to the state. Though agricultural commodities contribute significantly to the state economic wellbeing, it has become apparent that it is not sufficient to focus solely on production aspects alone. The ability to increase the value of raw agricultural commodities represents a key component for continued economic growth and development. In fact, value-added processing of agricultural commodities by the food industry accounts for approximately half of realized profits across the entire food distribution system. Thus, a greater proportion of the total market revenue is retained within the state by processing raw agricultural commodities into value-added products. The long-term sustainability of
production agriculture and, to a significant degree, the state economy are linked to maximizing profitability from the state's agricultural commodities through value-addition to enhance competitiveness in both domestic and global markets. The proposed work will explore the potential for producing value-added products from wheat and potato commodities. This approach is intended to provide new opportunities for wheat and potato products, and if successful, could allow US growers and industries to continue to expand and diversify into market areas that are presently inaccessible.