Happy Thanksgiving!

The National Turkey Federation reports that in 2010: 88 percent of all U.S. residents ate turkey for Thanksgiving 46 million turkeys (736 million pounds) were eaten on Thanksgiving Day 22 million turkeys were consumed on Christmas and 19 million on Easter. Minnesota leads the nation in turkey production (not surprisingly) accounting for almost 20 percent […]

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Where does agriculture support the most jobs in Wisconsin?

Last week’s quiz featured a study by Steven Deller and David Williams that revealed that agriculture supports over half of all employment in Lafayette County, Wisconsin. The study also reported that at least one-third of all employment in six other Wisconsin counties (Clark, Richland, Vernon, Buffalo, Marquette, and Taylor) is attributable to agriculture. This study […]

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Economic Impact of Agriculture

The Economic Impact of Agriculture in Wisconsin Counties, by Steve Deller and David Williams, quantifies agriculture’s contribution to the state’s economy. The study reveals that on-farm production and food processing provide over 350,000 jobs in Wisconsin, or about 10% of jobs in the state. The study goes a step further by estimating agriculture’s total employment […]

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Keeping them down on the farm

According to the most recent Census of Agriculture, there were 3,331 farms in Dane County in 2007. The average Dane County farm was 161 acres. Farms less than 500 acres accounted for 93% of all farms in the county and 77 percent were less than 180 acres. In 2007, almost 63% of all principal farm […]

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Which Wisconsin county produces the most agricultural products?

In 2007, Wisconsin ranked ninth nationally in the total market value of agricultural products sold. Wisconsin’s agricultural producers sold $2.6 billion worth of crops (such as grain, vegetables, fruit, and tobacco) and $6.3 billion of livestock and their products (such as cattle, hogs, milk, eggs). Which Wisconsin county ranked No. 1 in the state, generating […]

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