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The tables below offer information about Minnesota agriculture from the general agricultural groups to the more specific commodities or products. The ranking assigned to a given commodity is based on the commodity's cash receipts; how much money it made.
Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
As you can see from the table below, Minnesota is a top ten agricultural state and ranks 5th among the states for total agricultural production.
Minnesota's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
This table lists Minnesota's top commodities in each of Minnesota's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.
Hogs are Minnesota's most valuable livestock product, followed by dairy products and cattle and calves. Turkeys are another valuable livestock product in the state.
The North Star's most important crops are grain corn and soybeans. Corn, wheat, and greenhouse/nursery commodities are also important.
Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of Minnesota.
The 2004 table above contains information about Minnesota agricultural production provided by the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture.
The first column of the table lists the product (commodity).
The second column of the table lists a number representing the dollar value of the product. This number is not the dollar value of the product. This number represents the dollar value of the product in thousands of dollars. For example, the number listed for the value of grain corn is 1,827,809. This number represents a dollar value of $1,827,809,000 (1,827,809 x 1,000): one billion, eight hundred and twenty-seven million, eight hundred and nine thousand dollars.
The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Minnesota. For example, grain corn grown in Minnesota accounts for 18.7% of Minnesota's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of grain corn add up to more than 1/6 of Minnesota's total agricultural production.
National ranking highlights - 2004
Minnesota farms and farmland - 2004
Because of different rounding methods (e.g., farm acres given by the National Argriculture Statistics Service), percentage of farmland per state should be considered a rough estimate.
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