This research was done to help agricultural leaders make informed decisions that leverage Wisconsin’s agricultural strengths. The study was made possible because of strong partnerships.
“Partnerships between UW-Extension and the applied research in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison, UW-River Falls, UW-Platteville and UW-Stevens Point help to create and support a strong and vibrant ag economy,” said Rick Klemme, Dean and Director of UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension. “Programs that have helped dairy and livestock farmers to develop profitable systems, our work with unique and innovative industries such as cranberry, and continued research on integrated pest management in crop production underscore the University’s commitment to develop healthy and safe food systems.”
David Williams, Associate Program Director for UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension and project co-leader, noted, “UW-Extension specialists in the UW’s colleges of agriculture and our local agents also work with multiple stakeholders and interests to protect our valued natural resources which further provides a positive impact on Wisconsin.”
The study, which is an update of previous work using the most recent data available, also provides information about statewide historical trends in Wisconsin farm and food processing employment as well as an updated “clustering analysis” of agricultural subsectors.
About one out of every ten state citizens (10 percent) works in a job related to agriculture. Project co-leader, Steve Deller, UW-Madison professor of agricultural and applied economics and UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension community development specialist said, “These occupations include farmers, farm employees, veterinarians, crop and livestock consultants, feed, fuel and crop input suppliers, machinery and equipment manufacturers and dealers, barn builders and agricultural lenders. It also includes employees in food processing businesses and all of the businesses needed to support the processing of products produced on the farm. Every job in agriculture supports an additional 0.89 jobs elsewhere in Wisconsin.”
You can read the study “The Economic Impacts of Agriculture in Wisconsin Counties” online at http://www.uwex.edu/ces/ag/wisag/ .