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When most people hear Wisconsin agriculture, they immediately think of cheese. And while the Badger State is very justified in its reputation as the cheese capital of the U.S., the state’s agriculture industry encompasses so much more. Wisconsin agriculture provides a whopping $59 billion to the state’s economy annually, and provides 354,000 jobs, or 10 percent of the state’s total employment, in fields such as management and business, science and engineering, forestry production, communications, and more.

Hardworking farmers operate 76,800 farms in Wisconsin, totaling 15 million acres of land. These farms produce some of the state’s top commodities, which include milk, corn, cattle and calves, soybeans, potatoes, cranberries, and more. And though they may not make the top 10, other important commodities rank Wisconsin first in the nation, including mink pelts, snap beans and carrots for processing, and milk goats. The state ranks second in the nation in milk production, Italian cheese, Mozzarella cheese, oats and milk cows, and third in several other commodities.

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Wisconsin Agriculture by the Numbers

Farms

69,754

Farmers Markets

304

Economic Impact

$11.7B

yr.
Source: NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service), USDA

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