Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed March 23-29, 2014 as Minnesota Agriculture Week. The designation is an effort to raise awareness of the significant contributions agriculture makes to the quality of life of all Minnesotans.
Dayton says it’s important to recognize the abundance of food, fiber, and renewable resources provided by Minnesota farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses.
“Please join me in celebrating the hard working people who are producing the high quality and affordable products we enjoy and that are in demand around the world,” Dayton said. “All Minnesotans should be proud of our state’s rich agricultural heritage and the vibrant industry that agriculture is today.”
Minnesota is an agricultural powerhouse, ranking fifth nationally in total agriculture production and fourth in agricultural exports. The ag industry pumps approximately $75 billion dollars annually into the state economy and supports 340,000 jobs.
Minnesota Agriculture Week is being recognized in conjunction with National Agriculture Day on Tuesday, March 25. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.”
For more information on National Ag Day, visit the website www.agday.org.