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Project Milwaukee: What's On Our Plate?
The Impact of Wisconsin's Food Economy
Wisconsin is one of the nation's biggest producers of cheese, milk, butter, sweet corn, oats and carrots. The state is known globally for its cranberries and ginseng. Agriculture and related industries provide more than 300,000 jobs, or about 10% of the state's total employment, according to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.
While some sectors of the economy have been shrinking, there appears to be opportunity for growth in Wisconsin's food-related industries. Numerous jobs in Wisconsin are connected to foods grown, produced and packaged in the state, and shipped around the world.
During November of 2010, the Project Milwaukee: What's On Our Plate? series focused on the foods made in Wisconsin, and the impact of the state's food-related economy.