Times were hard for farmers across the country in 2009, but they were harder than average for Wisconsin farmers, says a new report from the University of Wisconsin.

While total net farm income dropped by a third nationwide, in Wisconsin it plummeted by 56 percent to $1.1 billion, its lowest level since 2002, according to estimates by University of Wisconsin-Madison agricultural economists.

Wisconsin's farm sector took a bigger hit because the price of milk — the state's single largest source of cash farm receipts — dropped more precipitously than prices received for other commodities, the economists say in their 2010 "Status of Agriculture” report.

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Source: University of Wisconsin