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  • Interactive U.S. map shows economic impact of dairy exports in your state

    By Mark O'Keefe November 19, 2019

    Wisconsin's economy leads the country with more than 12,700 jobs from dairy exports alone.

    How many jobs are generated by dairy exports in your state?

    The interactive graphic below created by MILK magazine gives you that answer and more with a single click. With shading, it also provides data visualization of the states where dairy exports are most important to state economies.

    Suppressed milk prices have made making ends meet difficult for many dairy farmers, with Wisconsin has led the nation in farm bankruptcies for several years. But the situation would have been worse without 12,700 jobs created in Wisconsin (shaded dark blue) from dairy exports, more than any other state.

    California's economy (dark blue) has the highest overall economic impact from dairy exports -- $2.17 billion.


    The map provides information on the:

    • Value of dairy exports.
    • Economic impact of dairy exports.
    • Jobs generated by dairy exports.

    Calculations are estimates by the U.S. Dairy Export Council and National Milk Producers Federation based on 2018 data from the U.S. Department
    of Agriculture and the U.S. Census Bureau.

    Economic impacts are estimated using multiplier formulas from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. State job estimates do not include “spillover” jobs generated by exports originating in another state.

    Nationally, U.S. dairy exports created more than 85,000 jobs, as shown in the fact sheet below.

    U.S. Dairy Exports Create More than 85000 jobs nationally

    Get the national fact sheet, above, at

    A printable PDF fact sheet, similar to the one above, shows the economic impact of U.S. dairy exports not just nationally but in every state.

    The fact sheets are displayed in alphabetical order for download here at the portal jointly created by USDEC, NMPF and the International Dairy Foods Association.

    The portal is a clearinghouse of information showcasing the economic impact of the dairy industry nationally and in in every state.

    Download state-by-state info bundles like the one below showing not only exports but the much larger economic impact of all dairy products, at here.

    The three-page info bundles below incorporate data from Dairy Delivers®, the economic impact tool created by the International Dairy Foods Association. It shows that when the economic ripple effect to other industries is factored in, U.S dairy products and ingredients support more than 3 million American jobs.

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    State info bundles like the bundle above are available at

    Mark O'Keefe is vice president of editorial services at the U.S. Dairy Export Council.

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    The U.S. Dairy Export Council fosters collaborative industry partnerships with processors, trading companies and others to enhance global demand for U.S. dairy products and ingredients. USDEC is primarily supported by Dairy Management Inc. through the dairy farmer checkoff. How to republish this post.  

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