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.

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Project Milwaukee
10:32 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Live Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? Part Two

The second part of our live Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? panel on the future of Wisconsin's food economy focuses on the challenges facing various elements of the food industry, from farm to factory.

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10:29 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Live Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? Part Three

Our Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? series and our live broadcast conclude with a discussion about the future of the food industry in Wisconsin, and where aspects like higher education and the healthy foods movement have an impact.

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Project Milwaukee
10:03 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Helping Connect the State's Food with Hungry Residents

Project Milwaukee: What's On Our Plate?

As part of our special broadcast to conclude Project Milwaukee, WUWM’s Bob Bach interviewed Paulette Flynn, Executive Director of SHARE Wisconsin. SHARE is a food-buying club, which offers families discounts on food purchases in exchange for volunteer work. The local branch serves more than 21,000 people each month at nearly 200 locations in Wisconsin, northern Illinois, northeastern Minnesota, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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Project Milwaukee
9:56 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Wisconsin's Incubator Kitchens

Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? continues with a look at an innovative program that helps would-be food entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground. Rick Terrien is the executive director of the Iowa County Economic Development Corporation in Mineral Point. His office is in the building that houses the Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen, one of a growing number of food business incubators in Wisconsin, and part of the Wisconsin Food Business Innovation Network. Terrien spoke with Mitch Teich.

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9:48 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Local Co. Equips Our Food Factories

Inside the Schenck AccuRate plant in Whitewater, WI

For Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate?, we profile a local business with a global reach that manufactures equipment that allows other companies to make food. Chad Lorensen is the Business Development Manager for Schenck AccuRate, a Bulk Solids Metering Technology company making equipment for food manufacturers, located in Whitewater. Mike Karas is the marketing communications manager. They spoke with Stephanie Lecci.

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