University of Wisconsin Athletics is proud to once again partner with the state’s agriculture industry for the third annual “Celebrate Agriculture” game on Saturday, Sept. 12, when the Badgers host the Miami University Redhawks at Camp Randall Stadium.
Game day festivities will celebrate Wisconsin agriculture and its deep connections to the University of Wisconsin. Agriculture will be everywhere throughout the game, including promotions, special graphics and fun agriculture facts. Commemorative game day posters will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
“For the third year in a row, we are pleased to join UW Athletics in celebrating Wisconsin’s $88 billion agricultural industry. We are proud of our partnerships with Wisconsin agricultural producers and the scientific contributions we make to this diverse industry,” says Kate VandenBosch, dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison.
Presenting sponsors include Cleary Building Corporation; CROPLAN by Winfield; Badgerland Financial; Case IH; Accelerated Genetics; DeLaval; Dairyland Seed; Culver’s; and DuPont Pioneer.
Kickoff time has been set for 11 a.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Tickets for the game are available for purchase online at uwbadgers.com or by calling the athletics ticket office at (608) 262-1440.
WISCONSIN AGRICULTURE FACTS
- Wisconsin agriculture generates $88 billion in total business sales and 413,500 jobs.
- About one in nine people working in Wisconsin hold a job related to agriculture
- There are 69,000 farms in Wisconsin averaging 210 acres in size.
- Fruit and vegetable processing and dairy product manufacturing are the top two state-wide economic drivers according to a study commissioned by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
- Wisconsin is home to 1.28 million dairy cows, each producing an average of 22,000 pounds of milk per year.
- Wisconsin is the number one state in cheese production, owning 25% of the market share
- Wisconsin ranks second in the nation for production of the major processing vegetables and third for potato production.
- Wisconsin ranks first in cranberry production, supplying approximately 60 percent of nation’s crop.
UW-MADISON CALS FACTS
- The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences has more than 40,000 living alumni, including 6,000+ graduates of the Farm and Industry Short Course program for agricultural professionals.
- CALS operates 12 agricultural research stations across the state, allowing research on a wide range of soil types, cropping systems and animal operations.
- The University of Wisconsin-Madison has trained and certified more than 60 Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers in 30 different cheese varieties.
- UW-Madison CALS ranks first in the nation in animal sciences, food science and plant sciences according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
- CALS ranks fifth worldwide in agriculture and forestry, according to QS World University Rankings.