Economy & Business

Project Milwaukee
9:09 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Many Foods Made in Southeastern Wisconsin

Weighing Cheese at the Sargento Plant

Southeastern Wisconsin has long been a leader in the world of manufacturing. That reputation might conjure images of machinery and tools. But nine percent of the items manufactured here are food products.

There are more than 250 food and beverage factories in southeastern Wisconsin, and the economic development group, the M7, estimates that those companies employ more than 14,000 workers and generate nearly $600 million in annual salaries. In this installment of “Project Milwaukee: What’s on our Plate?” WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson takes us to several operations that have been growing.

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Project Milwaukee
8:50 am
Tue November 16, 2010

The State of Our Food Economy

Our Project Milwaukee series What’s on Our Plate? continues with an overview of Wisconsin’s place at the food producing table. Kyle Cherek is known to many of us here in Milwaukee as the host of the syndicated television show Wisconsin Foodie, currently in its third season. It profiles where our food comes from, the region’s artisanal resources and culinary high points. Cherek is also a frequent contributor and speaker on culinary topics and the farm to table trend.

Project Milwaukee
8:43 am
Mon November 15, 2010

Wisconsin's Economy has Deep Roots in Agriculture

A turn-of-the-century book about Milwaukee boasted of the economy's connection to farms.

WUWM begins a week-long look at the state's food economy in our series, Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? The foods that are grown here have always been intertwined with the state's history. Some analysts believe food is also key to the region's future. In our first installment, Ann-Elise Henzl reports on how Wisconsin became so closely associated with food.

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Dairy Farming
12:31 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

Dairy Farming Families Survive Worst Year Ever - Mayer Family

Calves at the Mayer farm
Erin Toner

In 2009, milk prices dropped so low that dairy farmers lost up to half their income. Some had to slaughter their cows because they couldn’t afford to feed them anymore. Others decided enough was enough, and sold their animals and their land.WUWM’s Erin Toner visits a family near Slinger who made it through last year, but just barely.

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Dairy Farming
10:33 am
Thu April 22, 2010

Dairy Farming Families Survive Worst Year Ever - Goeller Family

The Goeller's barn
Erin Toner

2009 was a make or break year for dairy farmers in Wisconsin. Milk prices dropped so low that most farmers had to go deeper into debt just to survive. Some lost so much money they had to sell their farms. Today, we begin a series profiling two dairy farming families in Wisconsin. Both managed to weather the worst year they can remember, and hope to stay in the business they love as long as they can.

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Project Milwaukee
3:34 pm
Fri December 11, 2009

The Great Lakes WATER Institute's Role

Val Klump is a senior scientist and Director of the Great Lakes WATER Institute at UW-Milwaukee. Rebecca Klaper is a Shaw Associate Scientist at the institute. They spoke with Mitch Teich as part of the Project Milwaukee series, "The Currency of Water."

Project Milwaukee
3:25 pm
Fri December 11, 2009

Water Efforts Criticized as Misguided

All week, we’ve been reporting on local efforts to position Milwaukee as the world’s hub for water technology and research. We visited companies already here, and reported on incentives to grow the industry, such as tax breaks. But there’s been limited criticism. Today, we delve into a report that calls the initiative financially risky and unlikely to succeed. WUWM’s Erin Toner has today’s installment of Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water.

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Project Milwaukee
3:21 pm
Thu December 10, 2009

Can We Engineer Our Way Out of the Water Crisis?

Robert Glennon is the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Arizona, and author of the book Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What to Do About It, published by Island Press. He spoke with Mitch Teich as part of our "Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water" series. Glennon was in Milwaukee this week to speak at a forum at Marquette University.

Project Milwaukee
3:19 pm
Thu December 10, 2009

Successful Industry Hubs Inspire Water Proponents

Researcher Sandra McLellan looks at frozen water samples at the Great Lakes WATER Institute.

If you have an idea for conserving or cleaning water -- or even using it -- Milwaukee could one day be the place to develop your invention.

That's the dream. A coalition of community leaders is pushing the city to become a global hub for water research and technology.

But is it really possible for a region to make itself the headquarters of an industry? And is there competition? We seek answers to those questions, in today's installment of Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water. WUWM's Ann-Elise Henzl reports.

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Project Milwaukee
3:02 pm
Wed December 9, 2009

What's Needed to Move Forward With Water Hub

Bob Heideman shows off a solar panel that A. O. Smith will introduce in 2010.

Our series Project Milwaukee: The Currency of Water continues this morning. We’re reporting on Milwaukee’s efforts to become a global hub for water research and technology. In the past few years, companies already in the water business here have been expanding. But as WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports, leaders are now working to kick the effort into high gear. The ultimate prize would be jobs and economic development, along with a good dose of prestige.

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