September 17 will mark the 4th annual “Celebrate Agriculture” game as the Badgers play host to the Georgia State Panthers at Camp Randall Stadium.
In teaming with the state’s agriculture industry, planning for the special event will unveil numerous game day festivities that pay tribute to the heritage and importance of Wisconsin agriculture and its deep connections to the University of Wisconsin.
Fans will get a look inside the state’s $88 billion industry, which employs more than 400,000 men and women. There are nearly 70,000 farms throughout Wisconsin averaging 209 acres in size.
“Wisconsin agriculture has a huge impact on our state and our nation – from Wisconsin license plates to our professional sports teams, you see evidence of our proud agricultural traditions everywhere in this state,” says Kate VandenBosch, Dean of the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. “Once again, we are pleased to join with Wisconsin Athletics to celebrate this important industry and the longstanding partnership between the university and agricultural producers.”
This year’s “Celebrate Agriculture” sponsors are Dairyland Seed, Cleary Building Corporation, DeLaval, Culver’s, Accelerated Genetics and Case IH.
Kickoff time has been set for 11 a.m. CST, and the game will be televised on BTN. Tickets for the game are available for purchase online at uwbadgers.com or by calling the athletics ticket office at (608) 262-1440.
Statewide Ag facts
• 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 eight gallons of milk per day.
• Wisconsin is the number one state in cheese production, owning 26% of the market share
• Wisconsin ranks no. 2 in the nation for production of the major processing vegetables and third for potato production.
• Wisconsin ranks first in cranberry production, supplying more than 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 our 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.
• CALS ranks 5th worldwide among colleges of agriculture and forestry