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10 Fast Facts About Wisconsin:

1/ Wisconsin is one of the states that is among the biggest Panax Ginseng producers in the United States. In fact it is estimated that Wisconsin contributes about 10% of the world's supply of Ginseng root, and that 90% of the cultivated ginseng that is grown in the United States is grown in Wisconsin, particularly around Marathon County where 90 to 95% is cultivated.

The state even has a special "Ginseng Board of Wisconsin" which is dedicated to furthering sales of the herb which has had positive results in studies as wide as reducing influenza cases in the elderly, anti-inflammatory effects and reducing fatigue. It is very commonly marketed as a kind of 'pick-me-up' herb that gives you energy.

2/ During the Civil War it is estimated that 91,379 troops from Wisconsin fought for the Union. These were organized into 13 light artillery batteries, 4 cavalry regiments, 53 infantry regiments, 1 unit of heavy artillery and a company of sharpshooters. Of these men a total of 12,216 died during the Civil War, though it is notable to record that approximately 2/3rds of those died from disease (8,022) or accidents (400) due to poor sanitary conditions, and that only 3,794 were killed in action.

3/ If you love putting mustard on your hot dogs then the next time you are passing through Wisconsin you may want to take some time out of your schedule to visit the 'National Mustard Museum' in Middleton, Wisconsin. Established in 1986 the museum is free, open most days, and is home to a collection of over 5,300 mustards from all over the world, as well as detailing the history of mustard, how it's made and the many uses that it has been put too throughout the years.

4/ The official State motto of Wisconsin is "Forward". It came about as a conversation between Governor Nelson Dewey and a Milwaukee Attorney, Edward Ryan on the steps of a Wall Street Bank. Dewey had a logo design and motto created by John Lathrop, who was at that time (1848) the Wisconsin Chancellor. Dewey had taken the final design to New York to be cast in metal, but he didn't like the design or the motto that Lathrop had come up with, "Civilization Through Barbarism" (in Latin, "Civilitas Successit Barbaruin"). So, on the spur of the moment he decided to come up with his own! Sitting on the steps of the bank in New York discussing alternatives with Ryan he finally decided on "Forward" as the states motto, with the idea of making progress or moving forward as the central idea behind it, and also added a Badger on to the Lathrop design for the state seal; and both have remained ever since.

5/ The official state mammal of Wisconsin is the Badger, the official state flower is the Wood Violet, and the official state tree is the Sugar Maple.

6/ Here are some average low and high temperatures in several Wisconsin cities (in Fahrenheit) in August:

La Crosse - 61 / 82
Milwaukee - 63 / 79
Madison - 59 / 80
Green Bay - 58 / 79

7/ Between the first Census taking place in Wisconsin in 1820 and the last Census being taken in 2010, 190 years later the population of Wisconsin has grown by 393,736%.

1810 - 1,444 people
2010 - 5,686,986 people

8/ Wisconsin is the second largest milk producer in the United States, behind only California, with Wisconsin producing 2,171 (million pounds) of milk in Feb 2012 and California producing 3,506 in the same month. The top ten largest states account for about 2/3rds of ALL U.S Milk Production.

Milk production is actually on the increase in the United States as whole, with a 15% increase in the annual production between 2002 and 2011.

9/ Menominee County in Wisconsin is the only county in the eastern United States with an American Indian majority, mostly Menominee Indians who are descended from the Old Copper Culture people, and whose name means "wild rice people" in English.

10/ The Green Bay Packers NFL Team that are based in Green Bay, Wisconsin are the third-oldest franchise in the NFL and the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team in the United States.

The fact that the team are community-owned is often cited as one of the main reasons why the team has never moved from the city, despite the fact that the 102,313 population of Green Bay is considerably lower than the home cities for most NFL Teams, which are more often in the millions.

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