Wisconsin Agriculture

Wisconsin Agriculture

A History

Book - 2015
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"I'm embarrassed to say I thought I knew anything substantial about Wisconsin agriculture or its history before I read this book. 'Wisconsin Agriculture' should be required reading in history classes from high school to the collegiate level. It makes me thankful that Jerry Apps has such a sense of commitment to Wisconsin's agricultural heritage--and to getting the story right." --Pam Jahnke, Farm Director, Wisconsin Farm Report Radio

Wisconsin has been a farming state from its very beginnings. And though it's long been known as "the Dairy State," it produces much more than cows, milk, and cheese. In fact, Wisconsin is one of the most diverse agricultural states in the nation.

The story of farming in Wisconsin is rich and diverse as well, and the threads of that story are related and intertwined. In this long-awaited volume, celebrated rural historian Jerry Apps examines everything from the fundamental influences of landscape and weather to complex matters of ethnic and pioneer settlement patterns, changing technology, agricultural research and education, and government regulations and policies. Along with expected topics, such as the cranberry industry and artisan cheesemaking, "Wisconsin Agriculture" delves into beef cattle and dairy goats, fur farming and Christmas trees, maple syrup and honey, and other specialty crops, including ginseng, hemp, cherries, sugar beets, mint, sphagnum moss, flax, and hops. Apps also explores new and rediscovered farming endeavors, from aquaculture to urban farming to beekeeping, and discusses recent political developments, such as the 2014 Farm Bill and its ramifications. And he looks to the future of farming, contemplating questions of ethical growing practices, food safety, sustainability, and the potential effects of climate change.

Featuring first-person accounts from the settlement era to today, along with more than 200 captivating photographs, "Wisconsin Agriculture" breathes life into the facts and figures of 150 years of farming history and provides compelling insights into the state's agricultural past, present, and future.


Wisconsin Agriculture: A History shares the diverse back-story of agriculture in America’s ‘dairyland,’ an intriguing tale of much more than "milk and cheese" -- of cranberries and Christmas trees, honey and ginseng -- told by perhaps the only Wisconsinite who could write it: celebrated rural historian, farmer, retired agricultural professor, and top-selling author, Jerry Apps.



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In this long-awaited volume, a celebrated rural historian examines everything from the fundamental influences of landscape and weather to complex matters of ethnic and pioneer settlement patterns, changing technology, agricultural research and education, and government regulations and policies.

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Author Jerry Apps presents students, academics, researchers, and general interest readers with an examination of the agricultural history of the U.S. state of Wisconsin and the area it encompasses prior to statehood. The author has organized the twenty-four chapters that make up the main body of his text in five parts devoted to the early history of agriculture in the area; the wheat era; cows, cheese, and change; beyond the milk pail; and twentieth century transformations. The author is a retired faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: Madison, WI : Wisconsin Historical Society Press, [2015]
ISBN: 0870207245 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780870207242 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 635.09775 APP
Characteristics: xi, 321 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 24 cm

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