Energy & Agriculture

353,991 Wisconsin citizens, which is 10 percent of the state’s workforce, rely on agriculture for their jobs; the oil and natural gas industry supports 94,060 jobs in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin’s farms and agricultural businesses generate $59 billion in economic activity, while the oil and natural gas industry contributes $7 billion.

Wisconsin has 15.2 million acres of farmland.

There are 77,000 farms in Wisconsin, and their average size is 195 acres.

Diesel accounts for 63 percent of fuel used by Wisconsin’s agricultural industry.

Agriculture accounts for 2 percent of the state’s energy use.

Fuel and electricity represent 7.1 percent of farming expenses in Wisconsin. Better energy security will help Wisconsin farmers meet their energy needs.

Many farmers are benefitting from sand mining companies buying their land.

Frac sand mines can be reclaimed and converted to a farm field.

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation:  “We support a state and national energy policy which includes… increased domestic production…”

Wisconsin Farmers Union:  "Supports a balanced national energy policy that would effectively address …maintaining an adequate supply of existing energy sources…” and the implementation of alternative energy sources.