Wisconsin Farm Fun Facts

The Dairy State, America’s Dairyland, The Cheese State – these are just a few nicknames for Wisconsin. While we are most notably recognized for our cheese, Wisconsin agriculture includes much more than that.

Did you know…

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  • There are 68,500 farms in Wisconsin, averaging 209 acres
  • Wisconsin’s agriculture industry generates $59.16 billion in economic activity annually
  • There are 1,269,000 dairy cows in Wisconsin

Crops and Livestock

  • Each year, Wisconsin harvests more than 1.8 million Christmas trees
  • Wisconsin chicken farms produce 1.35 billion eggs
  • Wisconsin ranks third in the nation in potato production

Food

  • cheese boardCheese, cheese and more cheese! Wisconsin ranks first in the nation for production of cheese, making more than 600 varieties and has 1,200 licensed cheese makers.
  • The cranberry is Wisconsin’s official state fruit. Wisconsin leads the nation in cranberry production, growing 64% of the nation’s supply.

Agriculture Associations

  • Wisconsin Farm Bureau turns 100 this year! They’ve been representing farms of all sizes, commodities and management styles for 100 years. Thanks, Farm Bureau! Read about member story highlights and how they’re celebrating their milestone all year.
  • Rural Mutual supports our current and future farm leaders through youth ag involvement programs to support agricultural leadership and education programs. These including Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist Program, Farm Bureau Leadership Institute, Farm Bureau Foundation, Wisconsin 4-H Foundation and Wisconsin FFA.

Learn more ag facts, from our Farm Bureau friends at Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom.

We’re proud to be from Wisconsin and thankful for our Wisconsin farmers and the industries they support.