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Census of Ag shows Wisconsin’s agricultural values up 46%

USDA’s newly-released Census of Agriculture shows the value of Wisconsin’s agricultural production has grown considerably.  Greg Bussler is with the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Madison. He tells Brownfield, “Wisconsin farms produced 16.7 billion dollars of agricultural goods and so on, and that was an increase of 46% from 2017, and in fact, Wisconsin ranks tenth among the states for total value of production.”

Bussler says Wisconsin’s ag diversity means it doesn’t have to rely on just dairy, corn, and soybeans.  The census shows the state remains the top producer of ginseng and cranberries. It is number one for canned green beans, and for canned beets and Chinese peas, two categories USDA doesn’t usually track outside of the Census of Agriculture.

Bussler says Wisconsin’s average net farm income for the 2022 census year was $77,839 and that the number of farms has dropped. “The number of farms decreased by about 10 percent. Wisconsin had 58,521 farms at the end of 2022 and that was on 13.8 million acres.”

Bussler says development was one of several factors lowering Wisconsin’s total farm acreage by 3.7 percent.

The Census of Agriculture also showed that in 2022, 79% of Wisconsin farms had access to the Internet with mobile Internet being the most common provider.  The average age of Wisconsin’s farm decision-makers was 56.7 years old.

Wisconsin’s farmers had the second-highest census return rate in the nation with 68.8%, half a percentage point behind Iowa.

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