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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

January 2014

01/27/14

Can science and technology help farmers meet new challenges?

The challenges facing agriculture, especially animal agriculture, are evident in news reports almost daily. In a state such as Wisconsin, where agriculture was a $61 billion industry last year and dairy accounted for nearly half ($26.5 billion) of the total, those reports have combined with worries about the next federal farm bill, ever-changing consumer trends, and more to create a sense of unease about the future.

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01/20/14

Striking an energy-generation balance: Will Wisconsin be late for dinner?

Matt Neumann’s Pewaukee-based company, Sunvest Solar, is running hot these days. It has more than 210 solar energy projects in some phase of installation, he told attendees at a recent conference in Madison, but only one in Wisconsin.

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01/13/14

New book by Madison IT experts explores the comical world of health care codes

Imagine you’re a doctor with a patient who was bitten by a dolphin. The precise code for reporting that medical calamity is W56.01. Triaging some poor soul who was sucked into a jet engine? There’s a code for that, too: V97.33xD. Treating someone who was injured by an explosion onboard a sailboat? Yep, that’s V93.54xD.

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01/06/14

Business plan contest offers entrepreneurs a way to build

There may be as many ways to get a company up and running as there are startups. The lean startup methodology works for some, especially if the goal is to produce a “minimum viable product” that allows entrepreneurs to learn from potential customers before they build something the market doesn’t really want.

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Tom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal.

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