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 rail, barge, highways and the Duluth seaport we see today.
$112 billion – total economic impact of agriculture production and processing total economic impact
$6.9 billion – value of Minnesota agricultural exports
$17.1 billion – agricultural annual sales of farm commodities
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 430,000 jobs across the state. Most of these jobs are off-the-farm, including a significant number of jobs in the Twin Cities including 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.