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Report: Agriculture Remains Huge Contributor to Wisconsin Jobs
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/04/2020

No matter what part of the state you are from, agriculture continues to have a large impact on the jobs in your county. That's according to a new study released this week by the University of Wisconsin-Extension, which shows that 413,500 employed adults in the state during 2017 worked in a job related to agriculture.

"Although data for the county reports does not reflect activity in the recent months, it provides a basis and perspective of agriculture trends," said Heidi Johnson, who serves as the director of the Extension Agriculture Institute.

Specifically, family-owned farms, food processors and agriculture-related businesses generated thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of economic activity while contributing to local income and tax revenues. While dairy is the largest commodity in most counties, other top sectors include grain, poultry and vegetables. Several counties also have a strong green industry presence with greenhouse and nursery operations. And agri-tourism and farm-to-table businesses are also adding to agriculture's economic impact in counties throughout the state.

The study, which was released by UW-Madison Applied Economics Professor Steven Deller, further showed that agriculture has grown to be a $104.8 billion industry in Wisconsin--with at least five counties having more than 10,000 ag-related jobs

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Farm Bureau also contributed to the findings of the study.

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