Minnesota is the nation’s leading sugarbeet producer. As a result, sugarbeets play an important role in the state’s economy. Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative (SMBSC), located in Renville, is a major beet sugar extraction cooperative. Given its production and extraction role, SMBSC wanted to understand its contribution to the regional and state economy. The primary study area for the analysis is the 20-county region in which SMBSC shareholders grow sugarbeets. SMBSC partnered with the University of Minnesota Extension to study the economic impact of SMBSC.
For further reading, see below for SMBSC’s Economic Contribution infographic and the full economic contribution report.