Minnesota farm facts, in four charts

By: - December 13, 2021 6:01 am
Cows on dairy farm

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Minnesota has managed to hang on to its reputation as one of the nation’s top agricultural states, even amid a nationwide decline in the number of farms.

The North Star state has about 68,000 farms — the 10th-highest total in the country. We’re also the nation’s top turkey raiser and rank in the top 10 for hogs, cheese, milk goats and honey production, not to mention oats, corn, sugarbeets and soybeans.

Here’s more on agriculture in Minnesota, in four charts. 

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Rilyn Eischens
Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens is a former data reporter for the Minnesota Reformer. Rilyn was born and raised in Minnesota and has worked in newsrooms in the Twin Cities, Iowa, Texas and most recently Virginia, where she covered education for The Staunton News Leader. She's an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund data journalism program and the Minnesota Daily. When Rilyn isn't in the newsroom, she likes to read, add to her plant collection and try new recipes.