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Study: 1 in 10 Wisconsin Jobs are Ag Related
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/18/2014

A state farm group is spreading the word that one out of every ten jobs in Wisconsin are related to agriculture in one form or another. Citing the results of a recent University of Wisconsin-Extension study, the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association says over 14-percent of all jobs in nearly half the counties in the state can be traced back to the farm--including shippers and packers, processors, seed providers and many other affiliated businesses and educational and research facilities.

"People just don't realize that the whole agricultural community in Wisconsin is a nearly $60 billion industry that adds more than 350,000 jobs to our workforce," said WPVGA Director Duane Maatz. "And it's not just rural areas; in Milwaukee County alone, agriculture contributes $6 billion to the county's economy. Compared to many other industries, these numbers are astronomical."

The group is promoting the stats as part of its 'Did You Know?' educational campaign that runs in exclusive markets around the state.

According the the Extension service's research, the agriculture community has been relatively stable for much of the past decade. And the industry provided a modest statewide cushion against employment problems during the recession, the study states.

Maatz says research show the counties with the largest number of jobs and sales from agriculture are actually those with larger populations like Milwaukee, Brown, Dane and Outagamie Counties.

Other jobs in agriculture include farmers, farm employees, veterinarians, crop and livestock consultants, feed, fuel and crop input suppliers, machinery and equipment manufacturers and dealers, agricultural lenders, and food processing employees.

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