Economic Impact of Agriculture

Wisconsin’s farms and agricultural businesses generate more than $88.3 billion in economic activity and 413,500 jobs. New research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Extension shows how important agriculture is to the state’s economy.

Economic Impact Report

Agriculture is a powerful economic force in Wisconsin. This study measures agriculture’s contribution to the state’s economy. It is authored by Steve Deller, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of agricultural economics and University of Wisconsin-Extension community development specialist.

Contribution of Agriculture to the Wisconsin Economy

By Steven C. Deller
Updated for 2012, Released September 2014
Filetype: PDF, 53 Pages

Economic Impacts of Agriculture in Wisconsin Counties

This study by Steve Deller, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of agricultural economics and University of Wisconsin-Extension community development specialist; and Dave Williams, University of Wisconsin-Extension associate professor and assistant program director 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
Filetype: PDF, 27 Pages

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

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 in PDF format.

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 announcing the findings of the Wisconsin and the agricultural economy study. (September 2014)

Additional Information

More information and a series of economic impacts fact sheets on various parts of Wisconsin’s agricultural sector can be found on the UW-Madison Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics’ website.