Wisconsin is the second-largest U.S. grower and processor of potatoes and vegetables, considered together.
Wisconsin is the country’s largest producer of green beans, carrots, red beets and lima beans; and the third-largest potato producer, according to a 2010 study from the University of Wisconsin's department of Agriculture and Applied Economics.
The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, Antigo, highlighted the study in a Jan. 29 news release.
At the time of the study, the Badger State accounted for 40% of all green beans, 20% of all sweet corn and 20% of all green peas grown in the U.S., according to the study.
In addition, vegetable production and processing accounted for 35,000 jobs and $6.4 billion in economic activity in the state, according to University of Wisconsin data.
“We might be known as America’s Dairyland, but truth be told, we should also be referred to as America’s Land of Potatoes and Vegetables,” Duane Maatz, the association’s executive director, said in the release. “We’re extremely proud of our ranking as the second largest producing and processing state in the country for potatoes and vegetables. We add stability to the economy, we create valuable jobs, and best of all, we put healthy foods on the tables of not just Wisconsinites, but also many Americans and families across the world.”