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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 $88.3 billion to the state’s economy annually, and provides 413,500 jobs, or 11 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 68,700 farms in Wisconsin, totaling 14.4 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 for processing, and milk goats. The state ranks second in the nation in milk production, mozzarella cheese and milk cows, and third in several other commodities.

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Wisconsin Agriculture by the Numbers



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Source: NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service), USDA

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