Farming

CROPS GROWN IN WISCONSIN

WISCONSIN RESOURCES

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FUN FACTS ABOUT WISCONSIN

Did you know...

  • More than 99 percent of Wisconsin's dairy farms are family owned.
  • Dairy is the largest segment of Wisconsin agriculture. Total Ag = $59.2 billion; dairy = $26.5 billion
  • Wisconsin has been a leader in dairying for more than a century and was officially named "America's Dairyland" in 1930.
  • In 1890, the nation's first dairy school was created at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It remains the country's top Dairy Science Department.
  • Wisconsin's moderate climate, plentiful natural resources and rich dairy heritage, make it an ideal place for dairying.
  • Agriculture is Wisconsin's signature industry and has been for 160 years. It remains one of the state's largest industries, providing $59.2 billion in economic activity and employing one of every eight people.

 

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SO GOD MADE A FARMER... A WISCONSIN FARMER TRIBUTE

FARMING IN WISCONSIN

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"Residents of the U.S. state of Wisconsin proudly display “America's Dairyland” as the slogan on their license plates. Among the state's credentials for the title is a history of being one of the country's leaders in dairy production and in most milk products since shortly after the first cheese factory was opened in the state in 1864. Although the farm economy in Wisconsin Territory had been based on wheat, the soil became depleted and farmers reluctantly turned to dairying in the Driftless section in the south. Wisconsin cheese became an international delicacy; malted milk was invented there; and the development of a butterfat tester, to determine the richness of milk, brought the state creameries and commercial buttermaking." 

"Wisconsin.Compton's by BritannicaEncyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition.

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