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North Dakotaís greatest natural resource is its soil, with the richest lying in the Red River Valley along the stateís eastern border.  While the state is diversifying its economy in several targeted industries, agriculture remains a large part of North Dakotaís economy.  

The following table illustrates North Dakotaís success as the #1 producer of food for the U.S. and the world:                                               

Product  % of U.S. total
production 2004
Flaxseed 95%
Canola  91%
Dry edible peas 61%
Durum wheat 59%
Pinto beans 46%
Barley 43%
Spring wheat 43%
All sunflower 39%
Oil sunflower 39%
Non-oil sunflower 37%
Lentils 31%
Dry edible beans  27%
Honey 17%
Oats 12%
Source: National Agriculture Statistics Service

North Dakota also ranks in the top five for production of all Navy Beans (#2), all Wheat (#2), Rye (#2), Sugar Beets (#3), and Potatoes (#4).

For food processors, the North Dakota Department of Commerce has the ability to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map agriculture commodity production.  The Department will include regional data, transportation infrastructure, utilities and water, and other data factors to provide a powerful tool for your site selection decision.

The following is an example of one North Dakota agriculture commodity production map.

Click here for a Map of ND Durum Production

For additional information about agriculture in North Dakota or to have one of our business development consultants answer specific questions regarding your project, contact us at 1-866-4dakota or 701-328-5300.

Related Links:

Agriculture Product Utilization Commission

North Dakota Department of Agriculture

Value Added Agriculture

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