The U.S. is the world’s largest exporter of farm products. Can you name Minnesota’s four biggest ag customers? The U.S. sends many kinds of foods to these four countries. Here are some examples (and many of these things are produced in Minnesota)
Mexico imports lots of corn, as well as soybeans, dairy, and pork.
Canada imports fruits and vegetables.
China imports lots of soybeans, mostly as feed for its growing livestock industry.
Japan imports corn and red meat.
Think and Discuss:
Minnesota is the 3rd largest agricultural exporting state in the U.S.
Why do these countries want Minnesota’s products?
What foods are imported to Minnesota from around the world?
Why is this necessary?
Q. What do you get when a chicken lays an egg on top of a barn?
A. An eggroll.
Q. Why shouldn’t you tell a secret on a farm?
A. Because the potatoes have eyes and the corn has ears.
What is it?
This root vegetable grows underground and can weigh as much as 5 pounds. When it is harvested, it is processed into sugar! Minnesota is the leading provider of this sweet vegetable. What is it?
Acres of Pizza
Americans eat 75 acres of pizza every day!
AgBrags Fun Facts
You learned about some of the ways Minnesota is a leader in agriculture. Here are a few more fun facts.
In the United States, Minnesota is:
- #3 for dry beans, oats, and meat animals
- #4 in corn, soybeans, and flaxseed
- #6 in cheese and honey
- #8 in milk
What kinds of foods can you make with those? What are your favorites?