Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wisconsin Digital Archives Collection Connection : Why is Wisconsin considered America's Dairyland?

June is National Dairy Month, so we thought it would be a great time to do some research using the Wisconsin Digital Archives to learn more about why Wisconsin is considered "America's Dairyland."

Resources available in the Wisconsin Digital Archives:
Pictuer of a dairy cow
Picture of a dairy cow courtesy of Pixabay
  • Contribution of Agriculture to the Wisconsin Economy - This report, published by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and UW-Extension, provides statistics about the importance of the dairy industry to Wisconsin's economy. Here are just a few highlights:
    • Wisconsin is home to more than 10,000 dairy farms.
    • 1.27 million cows live in Wisconsin.
    • The dairy industry contributes $43.4 billion to Wisconsin's economy each year.
    • The nearly 1,200 licensed cheesemakers in Wisconsin produce a quarter of the nation's cheese, more than 2.86 billion pounds. 
Additional Information and Resources:

  • Dairy Farming Resources - DATCP provides a list of Wisconsin agricultural organizations that offer resources for our state's dairy producers and processors. Find a brief description of each organization and a link to their websites for more information.
Written by:
Mary Hutnik and Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning