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About the industry

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A 2010 study by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture estimated the total economic impact of agriculture in the state at $23.3 billion and the agricultural economy has improved greatly since then. The same study shows the total employment impact to be 149,384 jobs, which includes direct employment of 98,006.

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, Minnesota is home to more than 74,500 farms covering just more than 26 million acres, which is nearly half of the state’s total land area. The market value of agricultural products sold in 2012 climbed to $21.3 billion, a 61 percent increase since 2007.

Minnesota ranks fourth in the United States for total market value of products sold, including fourth in the value of crops and seventh in the value of livestock products. Minnesota is first in the number of turkeys, third in hogs and pigs, third in soybeans, third in grains and oilseeds, fourth in corn for grain, and seventh in milk from cows. It ranks in the top 15 in several other crop and livestock categories, including poultry and egg production, cattle and calves and vegetables.

Agriculture has several national apprenticeship programs, yet no registered apprenticeship programs are active in Minnesota. Many of the positions within the industry are new, emerging or experiencing significant technological shifts.

View a map of agriculture employers using the PIPELINE Program.

Competency Council meetings are completed for the initial stage of the PIPELINE Program. As the second stage of the program continues under the new legislation, additional occupations will be identified and competency council work reinstated. Contact Annie Welch, PIPELINE Program manager, at (651) 284-5353 or Annie.Welch@state.mn.us if you would like to participate on the Agriculture Industry Council or have suggestions for additional occupations.

Industry Council meeting presentations and notes

Feb. 21, 2018 Presentation Notes
Oct. 30, 2017 Presentation Notes

PIPELINE Program validated pyramids and occupational competency summaries (PDFs)

Related Instruction Inventory

The agriculutre Related Instruction Inventory can be used by employers to develop a dual-training program (M.S. 136A.246 subd. 3). The inventory includes known education or training programs related to approved dual-training occupations. The inventory also indicates whether or not the program has been mapped to industry specific competencies. Employers are not required to partner with the training providers on this list. An education or training provider that would like to be included on the inventory can follow the Competency Mapping Instructions.

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