Tuesday, September 18th

Agriculture works hard for Jackson County every day.

Family-owned farms, food processors and agriculture-related businesses generate thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of economic activity while contributing to local income and tax revenues.

In west-central Wisconsin, Jackson County’s farms represent a wide diversity of agricultural businesses, large and small, including livestock, poultry, grains, forages, berry crops, Christmas trees and sphagnum moss.

In fact, Jackson County leads Wisconsin in Christmas tree and woody ornamental crops, and is in the top 10 in fruit, hogs and pigs, and broilers. The county has about 860 mostly small to mid-size farms. Dairy herds average about 90 cows. Production of vegetables and fruits, particularly blueberries, apples, and strawberries, has grown, as farmers capitalize on demand for local products.

Agriculture provides 18 percent of Jackson County’s jobs. Jackson County agriculture provides 2,295 jobs, or 17.8 percent, of the county’s workforce of 12,924.