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A Profile of Wisconsin's Dairy Industry, 1999
Research Summaries No. 3, March 2000
by Frederick Buttel, Douglas Jackson-Smith and Sunung Moon

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In the late winter and early spring of 1999, the Program on Agricultural Technology Studies (PATS) surveyed over 1,600 of Wisconsin’s dairy farmers. This report provides an overview of the initial findings of the overall study. The emphasis of this report is on the characteristics of the Wisconsin dairy farming sector, and on the characteristics of the operators and their families. We pay particular attention to Wisconsin dairy farmers’ use of a wide range of dairy and crop production technologies or practices. In this survey, we also included questions about several emerging technologies, like genetically engineered crops and “information technologies” (such as use of computers and the internet, and precision farming).

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