Infrastructure Development – Processing
1) Expanding Upon the Available Information
Resources for Wisconsin’s Processing Infrastructure
Create an expanded, sortable list or searchable database of Wisconsin’s food processing facilities with enough information to allow producers to match their processing needs to existing facilities in the state.
As Wisconsin agriculture scales up to meet the need from the marketplace demanding local and regionally produced products, and producers increasingly look for ways to add value to their agricultural products, there is a hurdle producers meet in finding appropriate processing capacity within a reasonable distance of their production. Wisconsin has a negative economy when it comes to processing raw agricultural products. Wisconsin ships the majority of its raw product out to nearby states, then buying back the value-added processed product.
If Wisconsin agriculture is to diversify and grow it will need the infrastructure to grow with it. This project looks to identify what Wisconsin already has in place to meet the needs of this growing opportunity, with the goal of shedding light on what needs are not being met as well as facilitating producers in their search for a local, appropriate processing facility.
Read the final report of this project here: PIF Processing Project Final Report
This project was one of several projects funded by the Program Innovation Fund grant that WLFN received.