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Frequently Asked Questions

Idaho Preferred® is a program to identify and promote food and agricultural products grown, raised, or processed in the Gem State. Administered by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, the program showcases the
quality, diversity, and availability of Idaho food and agricultural products and is working hard to meet consumers’ growing demand for local products. As a program designed exclusively for food and agricultural
products, the program can conduct targeted programs such as television and radio advertisement campaigns, foodservice and retail promotions, farm to school efforts, and special event promotions throughout the state.

Buy Idaho is a private non-profit organization that promotes products and services produced in Idaho. Their members range from academic institutions to yogurt shops.

Yes! In fact, when you buy Idaho Preferred products you’re buying some of the freshest foods available. Food grown out-of-state is often picked before reaching peak maturity allowing it to ripen (or not) during shipping. Idaho products are more likely to be picked at the peak of flavor, resulting in superior flavor and freshness.

Right back to Idaho. When you purchase Idaho Preferred products, you’re supporting Idaho farmers, Idaho producers, Idaho workers, and the Idaho economy. Buying local means your money stays in-state and benefits local communities.

Idaho Preferred products are sold across the state at local retailers, farmers markets, restaurants, and directly from producers and crafters. Find local products here.

It’s simple. Buying Idaho Preferred products means that you’re voting with your dollars in support of Idaho farmers, producers, crafters, and suppliers. And buying local means you’re more likely to enjoy fresher, tastier food. When you buy Idaho nursery items, you’re buying plants raised in our climate making them more acclimated and likely to thrive when planted.