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A robust industry from the beginning, Minnesota agriculture is showing no sign of slowing down. From top crops to thriving agribusinesses to agricultural education, this important sector is continuing to grow and support the state’s economy. Home to 74,542 farms spread across just over 26 million acres of land, as well as about 1,000 agricultural and food companies, the North Star State’s industry provides more than 340,000 jobs for Minnesotans. Altogether, the industry contributes an impressive $75 billion to the state’s economy annually.

Minnesota makes an impact across the country with several top crops. The state ranks No. 3 in the nation in total crops cash receipts, and breaks the top 10 in a number of different commodities, including sugar beets, oats, sweet corn for processing and green peas for processing, wild rice, soybeans, and many more. Several of these crops are important not only for the U.S., but the world, too. Soybeans, corn and wheat are Minnesota’s top exports, heading across the globe to top markets in China, Japan and Mexico.

Minnesota Cooks Program Promotes Locally Grown

Program promotes locally grown food through farmer-restaurant partnerships.

Minnesota Dairy Farmers Pave the Way for the Future

Young farmers are the future of Minnesota's dairy industry.

Minnesota Agriculture by the Numbers

Farms

74,542

Farmers Markets

188

Economic Impact

$21.2B

yr.
Source: NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service), USDA

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