You thought of planting and harvesting crops or raising livestock and poultry. Maybe you said it was milking cows or selling fruits and vegetables. It's all this and more! Agriculture is the industry that grows, harvests, and brings us food, fuel, fiber/fabric, forestry and flowers.
Farmers grow plants and raise animals that we eat every day. These fruits, veggies, grains and meats nourish our bodies and allow us to grow and move. Farmers also grow food that feeds animals. Minnesota farmers grow corn, soybeans, oats, alfalfa and many other crops that are fed to animals like cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys around the world.
Fiber is the raw material from plants and animals that we use to make cloth, rope, and many kinds of fabric. Cotton, linen, silk, wool, sisal and hemp are all fibers that are grown and turned into fabric.
Forests produce timber from trees that become lumber, furniture, and firewood. They also produce pulp for paper, and hundreds of other things, including oils and medicines.