2017 Census Says Agriculture Strong in Wisconsin

MADISON, WI (Ben Caxton) — The foundation of Wisconsin agriculture is strong, says Brad Pfaff, DATCP Secretary-designee in response to the release of the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Census data shows that most of the farms in the state are less than 500 acres, with the majority owned by one or two producers. Dairy and livestock continue to play a major role in the state’s agriculture landscape and economy. More than 10 percent of Wisconsin’s producers are 35 or younger, and their farms have an average annual production value of almost $319,000. Pfaff says that with 22 percent of producers being new or beginning farmers, it’s clear people are optimistic for the future of Wisconsin agriculture. The census also found that Wisconsin remains a leader in organic agriculture, second only to California. The number of organic farms has grown 30 percent in the past five years, to 1,537. The total value of organic sales grew by 105 percent, to $248.6 million annually.

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