Wisconsin Athletics to celebrate Wisconsin agriculture industry
University of Wisconsin Athletics is proud to partner with the agriculture industry for the "Celebrate Agriculture" game on Saturday, Aug. 31, when the Badgers host the UMass Minutemen at Camp Randall Stadium.
Gameday festivities will celebrate Wisconsin agriculture and its deep connections to the University of Wisconsin.
Agriculture will be everywhere throughout the game, from promotions, special graphics and fun agriculture facts. Commemorative gameday posters will be distributed (first-come, first-served).
"How can you not be awed by Wisconsin agriculture?" says Kate VandenBosch, dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison.
"It has made huge gains in dairy, livestock, field crops, vegetables and fruit, and in protecting soil and water. It creates many thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity. We're proud to have done research and education to support that, and we're pleased to team up with UW Athletics to celebrate those accomplishments."
Presenting sponsors include Hartung Brothers, Incorporated; Winfield; Badgerland Financial; Case IH; Landmark Services Cooperative; Wisconsin Vegetable & Potato Growers Association; Wick Buildings; and Crop Production Services.
Kickoff time has been set for 11 a.m. and the game will be televised nationally on the Big Ten Network. Tickets for the game are available for purchase online or by calling the Wisconsin Athletic Ticket Office at 608-262-1440.
• Agriculture generates $59 billion in total business sales and 353,991 jobs (source: http://www.aae.wisc.edu/pubs/misc/docs/deller.economic%20impacts.03.24.pdf)
• There are 77,000 farms in Wisconsin (source: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Ag_Overview/Ag
• Wisconsin is #1 in each of the following: total cheese production, dry whey for human food, milk goats, mink pelts, corn for silage, oats, cranberries, snap beans for processing (http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Wisconsin/Publications/Annual_Statistical
_Bulletin/bulletin2012_web.pdf) , plus organic dairy, organic beef (http://www.cias.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/org12finalnewlowres021612.pdf)
• Wisconsin leads the nation in exporting cranberries, flax seed, durum wheat, ginseng roots and sweet corn (http://datcp.wi.gov/business/exports/export_statistics/)
• A recent economic study commissioned by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Fruit and vegetable processing and Dairy product manufacturing as the #1 and #2 state-wide economic drivers (source: http://inwisconsin.com/content/
UW-MADISON CALS FACTS
• CALS has more than 4,000 students studying in life and agricultural sciences, which includes the majority of UW-Madison biology majors, currently the largest undergraduate major on campus.
• More than 100 faculty and staff members are involved in statewide education and outreach through joint appointments with UW Cooperative Extension.
• College facilities include 12 agricultural research stations located around Wisconsin, allowing for research on a variety of soil types, vegetable, fruit and cropping systems and animal operations.
• UW-Madison CALS ranks #1 in nation in animal sciences, food science and plant sciences according to the Chronicle of Higher Education's scholarly productivity index (source: http://chronicle.com/stats/
• CALS ranks #4 world-wide in agriculture and forestry (source: http://www.topuniversities