Radio Transcript from Minnesota Farm Network, On the Farm radio show with Tom Rothman
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(7/11/2011) —This is Bev Durgan on the Farm.
Much of what we hear about the economy these days is gloom and doom with the media focused on the state and federal budget situation. The good news does not get enough attention.
That is why I was happy to see a recent report from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture sharing the good news that Minnesota exported $900 million more in agricultural products in 2010 than the year before. Minnesota is outpacing the nation in agricultural export growth.
Minnesota's $5 billion of agricultural exports in 2010 are one of the few bright spots in Minnesota's economy. This success did not happen by accident. It starts with the entrepreneurial spirit of Minnesota farmers. Minnesota farmers are not content to do exactly what their neighbors do, but our innovative farmers create livestock and crop enterprises that fit their farm, their skills and their personalities.
Minnesota agriculture is diversified. Our state does not specialize in one or two commodities, but rather we export corn, soybeans, wheat, pork, beef, dairy products, poultry and host of other items.
The economic impact of having about one-third of Minnesota's total agricultural production exported is felt in both our rural communities and in our large, urban areas. It also creates strong employment opportunities for our young people which is one reason why recent college graduates with agricultural degrees are having an easier time finding jobs.
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This is Bev Durgan on the Minnesota Farm Network