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Dairy is the #1 agricultural industry in Wisconsin. The economic impact of dairy farming in Wisconsin is more than twice as large as the citrus industry’s economic impact in the state of Florida. Wisconsin’s dairy business generates nearly nine times as great an economic impact as Idaho’s potato industry.

Surprised? Our goal has been to educate the public on the scope of dairy’s impact, not only as an anchor of our state’s economy, but also the key role it has played in shaping our state’s overall landscape.

Did You Know?

Read the following statistics provided by the Grant County EDC and Wisconsin’s very own, Alice in Dairyland, Jill Macovec.

  • Each year, agriculture generates $51.5 billion in economic activity.
  • The ag industry provides almost 420,000 jobs employing over 12% of our state’s workforce.
  • Wisconsin ranks first in producing six different products such as cheese, snap beans, corn for silage, ginseng, mink and cranberries. We also rank 7th in ethanol production.
  • Wisconsin also ranks in the top five for mint, cherries, Christmas trees, maple syrup, processed red meat, potatoes, carrots, green peas, sweet corn for processing and cucumbers for pickling.
  • Wisconsin farmers own and manage 16 million acres of land in the state.
  • Agriculture generates more economic activity in Wisconsin besides just farm products and value added products. It also generates more economic activity like the business to business purchases such as veterinary services, fuel, fertilizer, feel, farm equipment and crop consultants.

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture
The Wisconsin Department of Ag inspects and licenses more than 100,000 businesses and individuals, analyzes millions of laboratory samples, conducts hearings and investigations, educates businesses and consumers about best practices, and promotes Wisconsin agriculture at home and abroad.

University of Wisconsin - Extension Department of Ag / Ag Business
The UW Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources programs help educate urban and rural people to use research and knowledge to solve problems and take advantage of new opportunities. Educators balance farm profitability and production of high quality food, horticulture crops, fiber and plant material with protection of the natural environment.

Grow Wisconsin Dairy Team
Grow Wisconsin Dairy Team is a joint venture between the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Department of Commerce, UW Center for Dairy Profitability, UW Extension and Wisconsin Technical Colleges. Visit the Grow Wisconsin Dairy Team website to review resources such as the type of grants that are available.



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