ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As farmers across the county mark National Agriculture Day on Thursday, the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council is sharing new data on the importance of agriculture to Minnesota.
The industry group this week released some highlights of a study it conducted with the University of Minnesota that follows up on a similar survey in 2003.READ MORE: Alexis Saborit Now Charged With 1st-Degree Murder In Girlfriend's Beheading
The report puts total direct added economic value from Minnesota animal agriculture at nearly $8 billion. It says animal agriculture directly supports nearly 35,000 jobs and many thousands more in indirect employment.READ MORE: 3 Shootings In Minneapolis Leave 6 Injured, 2 Critically
It says the economic impact of pork production in Minnesota has nearly doubled since 2003, hitting $2.35 billion. It puts the economic impact of turkey production at $807 million and dairy production at $3.27 billion. And the economic impact from beef now tops $1 billion.MORE NEWS: 'She Was A Jewel': Community Holds Vigil For Victim Of Quadruple Homicide
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