Agriculture Drives Wisconsin’s Economy

Wisconsin is America’s Dairyland but there is more produced and processed in our state than just milk and cheese. Wisconsin ranks first in the nation for: snap beans for processing, cheese, cranberries, ginseng, mink pelts, dry whey for humans, milk goats and corn for silage.

Wisconsin agriculture is a big economic driver contributing $88.3 billion annually to our state’s economy. 

•    Sales from food processing industrial sales total $67.8 billion. 

•    Using the industry sales multiplier, every dollar of agricultural activity yields an additional 79 cents of industrial sales elsewhere in Wisconsin’s economy.

•    The state is home to 68,700 farms on 14.4 million acres. The average farm size in Wisconsin is 209 acres.

Wisconsin agriculture pro-vides jobs.

•    Annually, 413,500 jobs or 11.9 percent of the state’s employment.

•    On-farm production contributes 153,900 jobs.

•    Processing contributes 259,600 jobs.

•    Every job in agriculture supports an additional 1.46 jobs elsewhere in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is one of the top states in the production of the major processing vegetables.

•    In 2016, Wisconsin grew 363,552 tons of snap beans, 106,150 tons of carrots for processing, 33,172 tons of cucumbers for pickles and 63,050 tons of green peas.

•    The state ranks third in the nation in potato production harvesting potatoes on 64,500 acres in 2016.

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