SEE ALSO: Wisconsin Food Trivia;  Wisconsin Food Festivals


Wisconsin: approximate land area: 34,655,459 acres
Farmland is 15,190,804 acres or 43.8% of total land
Organic agriculture accounts for about 224,965 acres
Number of Farms: 78,463
Principle Farm Operators:
       Men: 69,287   Women: 9,176
(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: ) 
[2007-2008 latest available data]

Wisconsin has a total population of: 5,711,767
Urban population: 4,165,773
Rural population: 1,545,994
Food insecure households*: 11.3%
Households with very low food security*: 4.7%
*Food insecurity - Limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.
Very low food security - At times during the year, eating patterns of one or more household members were disrupted and food intake reduced because the household lacked money and other resources for food.

(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: )
(Population & Food Security data: 2011)

In 2013, Wisconsin is expected to produce 4.9 million barrels of cranberries, representing more than 60 percent of the nation’s crop and securing Wisconsin as the No. 1 cranberry producer in the United States for the 19th consecutive year.

Wisconsin cranberry growers annually harvest enough cranberries to supply every man, woman and child in the world with 26 cranberries.

The forecast for U.S. cranberry production in 2008 is 689 million pounds, up 5 percent from 2007 and slightly below 2006. Wisconsin is expected to lead all states in the production of cranberries, with 385 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts (190 million).     (US Census Bureau, October 2008)

Wisconsin produced a record 2.5 billion pounds of cheese in 2006, setting a record by producing more than one-quarter of the nation’s cheese.

Wisconsin is first in specialty cheese production. Wisconsin produces more than 45% of all specialty cheese produced in the U.S.

Wisconsin’s 1.3 million dairy cows produce a year’s supply of milk for nearly 42 million people, butter for 68 million, and cheese for 86 million.

Wisconsin and California account for about 1/3 of total U.S. milk production. (2010) Logo

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