My family has raised dairy cows on our farm near Kendall in Monroe County for almost 150 years. We've weathered the Great Depression, low milk prices, droughts, floods and snowstorms. Despite difficulties, the dairy and related industries generate $26.5 billion in revenue, 174,000 jobs, and fresh, healthy milk, cheese and butter for the state each year.
Other local families have harvested cranberries for generations. Wild cranberries are native to central Wisconsin's marshlands, and cranberries have become the state's largest fruit crop. They contribute $350 million and 7,200 jobs to our state's economy while comprising almost 60 percent of the nation's total harvest.