About the Program
Minnesota ranks first nationally in sugarbeet production, raising 460,000 acres annually. North Dakota follows close behind, raising 260,000 acres annually, placing it 3rd nationally.
Minnesota and North Dakota officially became the “nation's sugar bowl” in 1974. The annual economic benefits from the beet sugar industry in Minnesota-North Dakota include $1.1 billion in direct impacts plus another $2 billion in secondary impacts.
The Sugarbeet Production Program is a collaborative educational program established by University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University in the late 1960s. The two universities work in a collaborative partnership with three major sugar producers:
This close collaboration allows this program to reach virtually all entities involved in sugar production in the two states.
The purpose of this program is to improve profitability of sugarbeet production. This is accomplished through improving sucrose content in the beet, increasing yields per acre, and reducing input costs.
- Sugarbeet producers (owners of cooperatives)
- Ag industry (sellers of inputs)
- Sugar cooperative personnel
To empower farmers and industry members to enhance the production of sucrose in the sugar beet through improvements in inputs, production methods, growing conditions, harvesting and manufacturing.