Agriculture and food industries have been an essential part of Minnesota’s economy going back over 150 years. The state’s fertile lands and favorable climate allowed farming to emerge as its first modern industry. Demand for milling led to the birth of the Twin Cities, and the need to move farm products helped shape the state’s vast network of railways, waterways, highways and the Duluth seaport we see today.
Minnesota’s agriculture and food industries create and support hundreds of thousands of jobs, spark new innovations and fuel a variety of businesses and industries across every legislative district — from farm inputs/services, equipment, financing and technology to food processing, distribution, transportation and retail.
Minnesota’s agriculture and food processing industries support over 388,000 jobs across the state. Most of these jobs are off-the-farm, including a significant number of jobs in the Twin Cities for the processing, distribution, supply and service sectors.
With many Greater Minnesota school districts focusing on vocational and technical education programming in addition to traditional higher education preparation, Minnesota students will continue to have strong job opportunities working in agriculture.
Sources: 2021 MDA Minnesota Agricultural Profile; 2020 USDA NASS Minnesota’s Rank in U.S. Agriculture; 2020 DIS Economic Contributions of MN Ag and Forestry; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; National FFA Organization; Agriculture-Schools.com