The Impact of Animal Agriculture for Wisconsin Soybeans November 12th, 2014

Date: November 12, 2014
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The Impact of Animal Agriculture for Wisconsin Soybeans

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Madison, WI, Nov. 13, 2014— Wisconsin’s animal agriculture sector benefits soybean farmers who depend on livestock and poultry that consume soybean meal. In addition, a successful animal agriculture industry supports the state’s economy by creating jobs, according to a study by the United Soybean Board (USB).

The USB contracted with Agralytica to provide current estimates of the economic impacts of animal agriculture at the national, state and local levels.  In 2013, animal agriculture had the following positive national economic impacts:

1,984,000 » Job impact throughout the economy
$371 billion » Impact on total output in the economy
$65 billion » Impact on household incomes
$16 billion » Impact on income taxes paid
$7 billion » Impact on property taxes paid.

In the 2012/13 marketing year, domestic animal agriculture consumed 28.4 million tons of soybean meal in the United States – by far the largest source of soybean meal demand. This was a decrease of about two million tons due to very high protein feed prices. However, industry data confirm that soybean meal did hold its own in poultry and hog rations against other protein sources like canola meal and distillers dried grains (DDGS). Animal agriculture encompasses mainly beef cattle, hogs, broilers, turkeys, eggs, dairy, and aquaculture. Future soybean demand is tightly linked to the health of these industries.

In Wisconsin, demand for soybean meal continues to be strong, especially as livestock production grows. In 2012/13, 510,000 tons of soybean meal was consumed by animals in Wisconsin. There was particular large growth in broiler production for the state. According to the study, dairy cattle are the biggest soybean meal eaters in Wisconsin, followed by turkeys, broilers and hogs.

In addition, animal agriculture has a huge impact on the economics of each state and the nation.
Across all states, the total output impact of animal agriculture in 2013 was $371 billion. The effect on household earnings was $65 billion, and the sector is responsible for 1.98 million jobs. The employment impact exceeds 10,000 jobs in 36 of the states, exceeds 100,000 jobs in California, Iowa, and Wisconsin, and tops 240,000 jobs in Texas.

“Soybean farmers recognize the importance of a strong animal agriculture industry that is a boost to our locals and state economies,” says Mike Cerny of Sharon, president of the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board. “We look forward to continuing to work with our fellow farmers in growing a strong livestock industry for our state.”

For more details on the USB /Animal Agriculture Economic Analysis, read the entire study at