Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wisconsin Digital Archives Collection Connection : Economic Impact of Wisconsin Cheese

Wisconsin is very well known for producing delicious, award winning cheese. In 2016, cheese produced in Monroe, Wisconsin, won the World Championship Cheese Contest. Most notably however is the significant impact cheese has on Wisconsin's economy. Wisconsin cheese is so important that it is actually traded as a commodity. Wisconsin's dairy industry as a whole contributes $43.4 billion annually to Wisconsin's economy with cheese production at an all time high. In 2015, cheese production in Wisconsin topped 3 billion pounds for the first time ever. As a matter of fact Wisconsin is responsible for producing 26% of the total amount of cheese made in the entire United States.

Wisconsin cheese, 26% of U.S. total with a pictures of various Wisconsin cheeses
Courtesy of the WI Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Learn more about the economic impact of Wisconsin cheese by reading the annual Wisconsin Agricultural Statistics report found in the Wisconsin Digital Archives.

Interested in visiting a cheese factory or ordering some Wisconsin cheese from one of the many producers throughout the state? The Wisconsin Digital Archives also provides access to the Wisconsin Dairy Plant Directory and the Something Special from Wisconsin Directory.

Post written by:
Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning