Located in the northwest portion of the United States, you will find the “Gem State.” This nickname was given to Idaho because of the wide variety of gems found in the state. This landlocked state is also known as the “Potato State,” because it provides nearly a third of the potatoes grown in the United States. Many varieties of wheat are grown here, making agriculture a major contributor to the state’s economy. Other major industries for Idaho include the lumber industry, food processing, electronics, mining, science and technology, and tourism. The beer giant, Anheuser-Busch has three plants in Idaho because of the large production of malt in the area. With its rich soil, glorious mountains perfect for skiing, and metropolitan areas such as Boise, Idaho is a great place to live, work, and play.