Greetings From The Dairy State
To honor this dairy themed postcard (with horrid font) I have prepared a brief overview of Wisconsin’s agricultural history.


Wisconsin’s first successful cash-crop (a crop produced for its commercial value rather than for use by the grower) was wheat. In fact, from 1840 to 1880, the state was considered “America’s breadbasket” because it produced more than one-sixth of the nation’s wheat. Despite the state’s initial success with wheat, farmers began switching to other crops due to increased competition from other states and nitrogen depletion within the soil. In the late 19th century, Wisconsin switched to mostly feed-crop (plants that are grown for use by the farmer) as these crops were better suited for the soil and climate of the Midwest.

The Rise of Dairy

The first cheese producers emerged in 1837. Around this time dairy operations quickly spread throughout Wisconsin and by 1899, more than 90 percent of the state’s farms raised dairy cows. The dairy industry exploded in Wisconsin for several reasons. Many of the first dairy farmers were New Yorkers — at this time, New York was the leading dairy producer and these workers brought their experience and knowledge to the Dairy State. The University of Wisconsin further fueled the dairy industry by promoting advanced techniques to Wisconsin’s growing dairy industry. The state’s German and Scandinavian immigrants specialized in European-style cheese making. For these reasons, Wisconsin was the country’s No. 1 butter- and cheese- producing state by 1915.

Today’s Dairy Culture

Most Wisconsinites identify as Cheeseheads, which of course refers the large amount of cheese the state produces. The term “cheesehead” began as a derogatory term used by Illinois sports fans to refer to Wisconsin sports fans. The term was quickly embraced by Wisconsin residents and is now a point of pride.

The Facts:
Other Party: Kimberly B
Card Number: 0127
Average Color: 55586C
Date Sent: June 6, 2013
Date Received: June 7, 2013
Sender Location: Platteville, WI
Receiver Location: Sun Prairie, WI
Distance Traveled: 71 Miles
Average Speed: 71 Miles Per Day