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A Look Back on How We Became America’s Dairyland
Alice in Dairyland has a long history of promoting Wisconsin dairy, dating back to the first Alice, Margaret McGuire Blott.
Around the time Wisconsin became a state in 1848, it was known as America’s breadbasket, with one sixth of the nation’s wheat being harvested here. According to the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS), settlers in Wisconsin chose wheat because it did not require much money, was fairly easy to grow, and it could be harvested twice a year. So, what caused our change from America’s breadbasket to America’s Dairyland?