The Wisconsin coat
of arms appears on both the state flag and the state seal. On the
coat of arms, a sailor and a miner support a shield with symbols
of agriculture, mining, navigation, and manufacturing. A small
United States coat of arms symbolizes Wisconsin's loyalty to the
Union. The badger above the shield represents Wisconsin's
nickname—the Badger State. The flag was adopted in 1913, and the
seal was adopted in 1881. The name Wisconsin and the year it
became a state, 1848, were added to the flag in 1981.
Wisconsin is a Midwestern state of the United States that has long
been famous for its dairy products. Thousands of herds of milk
cows graze on the rich, green pastures of the rolling Wisconsin
countryside. They make Wisconsin one of the nation's leading milk
producers. The state also produces about a third of the country's
cheese and about a fourth of its butter. This tremendous output of
dairy products has earned Wisconsin the title of America's
Dairyland. The processing of milk into butter, cheese, and other
dairy products is a leading manufacturing activity in Wisconsin.
Manufacturing is more important to Wisconsin's economy than it is
to the economies of most other states.