ST. PAUL — Minnesota agricultural and food exports account for one-third of the state’s total exports.
In 2015, Minnesota agricultural exports totaled $6.3 billion, and ranked #5 in the nation. Minnesota’s top export commodities are soybeans, feed, corn, and pork, which contribute 60 percent of the state’s total agricultural exports.
Nearly 40 percent of Minnesota’s total agricultural production is exported, making agriculture the state’s second-largest exporting sector. Some of the state’s major markets include China, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.
According to Su Ye, MDA’s Chief Economist, agricultural exports support more than 51,000 jobs in Minnesota and generate $20 billion in total economic activities. Both agricultural and non-agricultural sectors are supported through exports, including industries like manufacturing, transportation, wholesale trade, and construction.
— Minnesota Department of Agriculture
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