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Minnesota leads the nation in food patents per capita – and has long been on the forefront of research and innovation in agriculture, food production and food safety.

The state ranks fourth nationwide in total value of crops and in the top ten in more than 20 agricultural commodities, including turkeys, hogs, soybeans and more. The state is also a top exporter.

Top Crops and Exports

  • 1st in the production of sugar beets
  • 1st in turkeys raised
  • 2nd in value of hogs in farms
  • 2nd in value of turkey production
  • 2nd in pork exports
  • 3rd capacity of grain storage
  • 3rd in oat production
  • 3rd in soybeans for bean production
  • 3rd in spring wheat production
  • 3rd in soybeans exports
  • 4th in corn exports
  • 5th in total exports

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

A Leader in Food Innovation

Food manufacturing in Minnesota has the largest employment among all manufacturing industries in the state with nearly 51,800 jobs in 2018. These industries pay $2.5 billion in wages.

The state ranks second in food-product related patents per capita.

Not surprisingly, Minnesota is home to some of the nation’s largest agricultural, food production and distribution companies – many with a global reach. Among them:

  • Cargill
  • CHS
  • General Mills
  • Hormel Foods
  • Land O’Lakes
  • Rosen’s Diversified
  • Schwan’s

For More

Food and Beverage Industries Fact Sheet

Dairy Industry Fact Sheet

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