Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has bestowed prestigious recognition on Wisconsin-grown soybeans by proclaiming September 2015 as Soybean Month. According to the Proclamation, last year the State of Wisconsin grew 78.8 million bushels of soybeans with a value of $795 million, contributing significant benefits to Wisconsin’s agricultural economy.
The Governor’s Proclamations honor significant occasions in the State, and increase awareness of important issues relating to Wisconsinites. Gov. Scott Walker’s 2015 Soybean Month Proclamation states that animal agriculture is the top consumer of soybean meal, including livestock, fish and poultry. In Wisconsin, animal agriculture has a $765 million impact on income taxes paid, and a $307 million impact on property taxes paid. Wisconsin agriculture also generates one in nine jobs in the State.
According to the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board, Wisconsin’s 11,000 soybean farm families are currently growing twice as much food as they did 30 years ago—and they are using less land, energy and water to do so. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that Wisconsin farmers will harvest a record amount of soybeans this year.
To learn more about how Wisconsin-grown soybeans contribute to the State’s economy, visit the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board website at www.wisoybean.org.