The land of 10,000 lakes is also home to thousands of farms that grow some of the top produce in the country. Check out these 12 Minnesota agriculture facts!
- There are over 68,000 farms in the state.
- 96% of farms in Minnesota are family-owned.
- Minnesota has over 26 million acres of agricultural land, which compromise about 51% of the state’s land area.
- In the 19th century, Minnesota was one of the nation’s top producers of wheat.
- Minnesota ranks number one in sugarbeets, green peas & wild rice.
- In 2017, Minnesota was the top producer of turkeys, second in hog sales, and fourth in dairy sales.
- The Honeycrisp apple was developed at the University of Minnesota.
- Cornfields and soybean fields take up more space than all the water surfaces in the state.
- Wild rice has been the official state grain of Minnesota since 1977.
- Minnesota farms, agricultural production, and processing industries generate over $112 billion and support more than 431,000 agriculture jobs.
- Annually, Minnesota turkey farmers raise 40-42 million turkeys, and the state hosts the largest number of independent turkey farmers.
- Minnesota ranks fifth in the nation for the value of its agricultural products.
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