As farmers across the county mark National Agriculture Day today (THU), the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council is sharing new data on the importance of agriculture to Minnesota. The report puts total direct added economic value from Minnesota animal agriculture at nearly $8 billion. It says animal agriculture directly supports nearly 35,000 jobs and many thousands more in indirect employment. The report says that the economic impact of pork production in Minnesota has nearly doubled since 2003, hitting $2.35 billion. It puts the economic impact of turkey production at $807 million as well, and dairy production at $3.27 billion. And the economic impact from beef now tops $1 billion.