St. Paul, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed March 13-19 as Minnesota Agriculture Week. The designation is an effort to raise awareness of the positive and important contributions agriculture makes to Minnesota’s economy and its people.

Nearly one in five jobs in the state are linked to agriculture. And according to the U. S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service, Minnesota agriculture generated $13.3 billion in farm income and $4.3 billion in exports in 2009.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson says it is appropriate and important to recognize an industry that contributes so much to the overall health and wellbeing of Minnesota.

“Minnesota’s farmers and ranchers care deeply about the world around them,” says Frederickson. “These men and women work hard each day to make sure we have safe and wholesome food to eat, they help protect the environment, and they brave the elements so their animals are cared for and well fed.”

Minnesota Agriculture Week is being recognized in conjunction with National Ag Week. 2011 marks the 38th anniversary of the national celebration.

Click here for the proclamation.