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Economic Impact of Agriculture in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's farms and agricultural businesses generate more than $59.6 billion in economic activity and provide jobs for 353,991 people.  New research from University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Extension shows how important agriculture is to the state's economy.

Economic Impact Report

Agriculture is a powerful economic force in Wisconsin.  This study by Steve Deller, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of agricultural economics and UW-Extension community development specialist; and Dave Williams, UW-Extension associate professor and assistant program leader for Agriculture and Natural Resources measures agriculture's contribution to the state's economy.

Wisconsin and the Agricultural Economy
By Steven C. Deller and David Williams
July 2009

Filetype: PDF
Filesize:902K
33 Pages

Economic Impacts of Agriculture in Wisconsin Counties

This new study by Steve Deller, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of agricultural economics and UW-Extension community development specialist; and Dave Williams, UW-Extension associate professor and assistant program leader for Agriculture and Natural Resources measures agriculture's contribution to the economy in each of Wisconsin's counties.

The Economic Impacts of Agriculture in Wisconsin Counties
By Steven C. Deller and David Williams
March 2011

NOTE: This version was corrected on April 29, 2011 to reflect the following updates:

1. The map titled Agricultural Impacts on Income (M$) previously showed Portage County as the top county for income (M$); that is incorrect. The number has been corrected in Table 3 on page 17 and this map reflects that change.

2. Three corrections were made to Table 3 on pages 16-17
(1) Crawford County: the percent of Income was changed from 5.3 to 9.0
(2) Grant County: the percent of Income was changed from 14.0 to 21.8
(3) Portage County: Income (M$) was changed from 2,801 to 339

Filetype: PDF
Filesize:6.95MB
27 Pages



County Impact Reports

What's the economic impact of agriculture in your county?  County reports from the research will appear here as they are completed. Reports are posted as PDF.

Adams County Agriculture Impact brochure

Adams Ashland Barron Bayfield Brown Buffalo
Burnett Calumet Chippewa Clark Columbia Crawford
Dane Dodge Door Douglas Dunn Eau Claire
Florence Fond du Lac Forest Grant Green Green Lake
Iowa Iron Jackson Jefferson Juneau Kenosha
Kewaunee Lafayette Langlade La Crosse Lincoln Manitowoc
Marathon Marinette Marquette Menominee Milwaukee Monroe
Oconto Oneida Outagamie Ozaukee Pepin Pierce
Polk Portage Price Racine Richland Rock
Rusk Sauk Sawyer Shawano Sheboygan St. Croix
Taylor Trempealeau Vernon Vilas Walworth Washburn
Washington Waukesha Waupaca Waushara Winnebago Wood


News Releases

Read the news release about economic impacts of agriculture in Wisconsin Counties. (March 2011)
Read the news release (PDF) announcing the findings of the Wisconsin and the Agricultural Economy study. (July 2009)

2004 Economic Impact report

Archived material relating to the 2004 Economic Impact Report, including Couny Impact Reports can be found here.