State Capitol Report: Rising state exports, Caregiver workforce shortages

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In this June 29, 2017, file cows stand in stalls at Mystic Valley Dairy in Sauk City, Wis. President Donald Trump has a point when he lambastes Canada for protecting its dairy farmers with hefty tariffs. But the United States is hardly innocent when it comes to farm protectionism. And the very real difficulties that U.S. dairy farmers face can’t all be blamed on America’s neighbor to the north. And in fact, despite Canada’s tariff, the U.S. runs a surplus in dairy trade with its northern neighbor. AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger, File

First, the International Agribusiness Center director discusses priorities and challenges for exporting goods out of Wisconsin. Then, the director of the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities breaks down staffing shortages in the caregiver industry.

Featured in this Show

  • Wisconsin's exports at all-time high

    Wisconsin exported a record $3.9 billion worth of goods around the world in 2021 and the state is on track to top that amount this year. We chat with the director of the state’s International Agribusiness Center about which exports are doing well, where they’re going, and what obstacles exist.

  • State board discusses role supporting caregivers

    Families provide 80 percent of the care for the elderly and children and adults with developmental disabilities, resulting in stress, lost wages and life-threatening neglect. We talk to the leader of a state board supporting caregivers and the people in need of looking after.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Joe Tarr Producer
  • Joel Patenaude Producer
  • Maria Lopez Technical Director
  • Mark Rhoda-Reis Guest
  • Beth Swedeen Guest