Food Related Projects

Potato Production in Wisconsin - Analyzing the Economic Impact

In 2014, FERC gathered data from government agencies and growers associations including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture regarding the Potato Industry.  Our results have found that Wisconsin is the nation’s third-largest grower of potatoes, producing 2.6 billion pounds of potatoes in 2013 and has a combined impact (including direct, indirect and induced) of $522,278,361 on Wisconsin’s economy. This impact led to the creation of 3,122.5 jobs.

A Gap Analysis: Butcher Shops

In order to determine potential sites for butcher shops, the Fiscal and Economic Research Center (FERC) at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater developed a "Gap Analysis".  This analysis employed an empirical analysis to estimate the Cities, Villages and Townships in Wisconsin that possess the demographic qualities a potential butcher shop owner should look for.

Processed Sweet Corn: Analyzing the Economic Impact in Wisconsin

While the term "like a can of corn" implies that something is easy, the relationship of sweet corn to the Wisconsin economy is actually complex. The vertical integrated system of the sweet corn industry shows a solid platform for job creation along each process.

Wisconsin Ginseng: Impacts and Implications

Ginsenoside levels in Wisconsin ginseng makes Wisconsin ginseng a desirable commodity. Ginsenosides, found only in ginseng, provide health benefits to those who consume the plant. This paper analyzes the economic impact of the ginseng industry on the surrounding economy.

Cranberries of Wisconsin

In 2012, FERC gathered data from government agencies and growers associations including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association (WSTCGA), and the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Associations (CCCGA) on this industry. Information included production totals, yield per acre, acres harvested, utilization (fresh or processed), pricing, value of production and local economy spending.

Dietary Supplements:  Analyzing the Economic Impact in Wisconsin

The Dietary Supplement industry affects the economy in three main ways.  Direct, indirect, and induced effects from this industry affect the economy.  This report summarizes the impacts of the dietary supplement industry on Wisonsin's economy.