What contributes $104.8 billion to Wisconsin’s economy and employs 413,500 people? Learn the answer at the Sept. 7 Green Lake County Dems & Friends Meeting

Things down on the farm are not what they used to be.

And while Wisconsin’s farming and allied agri-business and food processing industries are facing unprecedented challenges, a recent report by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, suggests that all is not gloom and doom.

Consider this: In 2012, Wisconsin’s farms and agricultural businesses generated $88.3 billion in economic activity and 413,500 jobs in the state.

Five years later, in 2017, the totals were $104.8 billion and 437,700 jobs.

This means that the dollar growth over those five years was approximately $17 billion, or a little over $3 billion a year.

But within the sector all is not rosy, Last year, more than 700 family farms closed down in Wisconsin–that is almost two family farms a day.

So what is happening in one of the state’s most vital industries?

Join us (the Green Lake County Dems & Friends) on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Caestecker Public Library, Green Lake, to hear from local farmers who know and understand today’s world of agriculture: Becky Hibicki, District 5 coordinator for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, and Pete Badtke, another Ripon area farmer and the president of the Green Lake County Farm Bureau.

Between them, the two (and their families) live those challenges every day. Learn how they deal with the challenges and how they, through the national Farm Bureau Federation, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, and the county farm bureaus, are advocating for and supporting farmers. Hibicki is on the left in the above photo; Badtke is on the right.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.

Learn more about the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, the Green Lake County Farm Bureau, and the Green Lake County Democratic Party.