Next time you are getting dressed, take a look at the tag on the back collar of your shirt or pants. Odds are, your shirt and pants are made of cotton!
No! Why not? Because our Minnesota climate is too cool. The cotton plant needs a long growing period with lots of warm temperatures. That’s why cotton is grown in the southern parts of the United States, and not in cooler states like Minnesota.
Animals can also supply us with materials that we wear. Sheep provide wool that can be used to make sweaters, socks and many other clothing items. Cattle hides are used to make leather that is used in shoes, jackets, belts and purses. Both sheep and cattle are raised in Minnesota.