State Symbols Agriculture

Are you symbol savvy?

A symbol can take the place of words when it’s the right picture or design. You quickly understand what the symbol stands for. The logos on page 3 are examples of company symbols.

When we see the state flag or state seal, we think “Minnesota.”

A symbol can also be something that is not a design or photo but represents special things about Minnesota. Our state legislature has chosen many items from agriculture as official symbols to represent our state. See some of them below, and test your Minnesota symbol savvy!

Did you know?

Minnesota has an official state soil type. In 2012 Gov. Dayton signed a bill naming Lester as the official state soil of Minnesota. What is Lester, and where is it found?

State Grain: Wild Rice Chosen: 1977

This was a staple food of the Ojibwe for centuries. Minnesota produces over half of the world’s hand-harvested wild rice. Where does our wild rice grow? What are two ways it’s harvested in Minnesota?

State Fruit: Honeycrisp Apple Chosen: 2006

Fourth graders from Anderson Elementary in Bayport lobbied the State Legislature to give us this state apple. Where was this juicy, crisp apple developed?

State Drink: Milk Chosen: 1984

Minnesota cows produce over one billion gallons of milk each year! Name ten milk products you have tasted.

State Tree: Red (Norway) Pine Chosen: 1953

The tallest red (Norway) pine in Minnesota stands 120 feet high and is over 300 years old. Where is it located?

Whoa

What is it?

What Is It?
  • Answer
  • Sunflower - Minnesota is the nation's 6th-largest sunflower-producing state. Sunflower seed can be crushed for oil, used for birdseed or for a variety of food products.

Cool

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Soybeans: 1 acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons.

Joke

What do you get when you cross a cow with a trampoline?

  • Answer
  • A milkshake!