Wisconsin Land Use Megatrends: Agriculture

SKU G3995-01

Author(s) Anna Haines, Lynn Markham, Dan McFarlane, Eric Olson, Rebecca Roberts, Linda Stoll.

Numerous maps and graphs help tell the tale of how agriculture has affected land use in Wisconsin since the nineteenth century, and how it shapes the state landscape today. Trends in farm size, farm numbers, farm types, and owner characteristics are presented, as well as snapshots of irrigation acreage, land cover types (cropland, woodlands, wetlands, and so on), crop types (standard, organic, bioenergy, specialty), and economic aspects of agricultural land (including land values and government payments). Also discussed are pesticide use and contamination, government policy (livestock runoff standards, land use valuation) and bioenergy facilities in the state (16 pages; 2010).