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Technical colleges recognize, celebrate agriculture industry

MADISON – The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) is celebrating “National Ag Day” with a week-long social media campaign recognizing the state’s vital, resilient ag sector. WTCS has recognized National Ag Day, which falls on March 23 this year, since 2014.

Agriculture contributes $104.8 billion annually to Wisconsin’s economy, while food processing contributes $82.7 billion. The sector annually provides 435,700 jobs, or 11.8% of the state’s employment, including about 154,000 in on-farm production and 282,000 in food processing. The state ranks 13th nationally in value of agricultural exports, totaling more than $3.3 billion of ag products to 151 countries in 2019.

WTCS Board President Becky Levzow and her husband hold a sign that reads "Levzow Dairy celebrates National Ag Day every day of the year"

Becky Levzow, who with her family owns and manages a dairy and beef operation in Rio, is currently serving her second term as WTCS Board President. Levzow’s position on the 13‑member WTCS Board, as a producer whose principal occupation is farming, is statutorily required – the only economic sector represented in this way.

“This is a chance to recognize the ag producers and processors who consistently make sure Wisconsin is known world-wide for its agriculture products,” Levzow said. “It’s also a chance to let them know what’s available to them at the technical colleges.”

Wisconsin’s technical colleges offer more than 70 occupational programs in support of agriculture production, and many more in support of food processing. With about 2,000 full- and part-time students enrolled in these programs, the technical colleges deliver more than 550 ag program graduates annually.

See messages of appreciation and support from System leaders and college faculty, staff and students.

 

ABOUT NATIONAL AG DAY

Participate in the day by following @WisTechColleges on Facebook and Twitter and #AgDay21. The Agriculture Council of America – an organization of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber industries – started the National Ag Day program in 1973. Learn more at AgDay.org.

ABOUT WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM (WTCS)

The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) offers more than 500 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas and certificates. In addition, the System is a major provider of customized instruction and technical assistance to Wisconsin employers. About 300,000 individuals access a technical college each year. Learn more at WTCSystem.edu.