Welcome to the Food Resource And Agribusiness Network "FRAN"

Bakalars Meat

We are a network of agribusinesses working together to improve the competitive advantage of our businesses and the economy of our region.

We are a geographic concentration of similar companies that share common technology, markets, suppliers or workforce skills in Western Wisconsin, Eastern Minnesota and Northeast Iowa.

FRAN is providing a platform to address common opportunities and synergies that exist among regional food processing and agribusiness companies:

  • Collaboration of common resources and efforts

  • Workforce and skills enhancement opportunities

  • Networking among both large and small companies

  • Cost saving initiatives in non competitive areas

  • Leveraging common efficiency gains

  • Promoting the economic importance of the food industry in this region

  • Maintaining a strong community

  • Exploring joint venture opportunities

  • Promoting environmental sustainability

  • Continual improvement and innovation idea generation

Our region with over 85 food processing manufacturers, a nationally renowned organic farming industry, 12,000 farms and 1.7 million acres in agriculture assessed lands provides great opportunities for joint ventures between suppliers, manufacturers, transporters, retailers and consumers!

Our joint venture initiatives are also often supported by regional economic development organizations and educational institutions because of the importance agriculture and food processing plays in our regional economy.


FRAN Region

Map of the FRAN Region



Associate Members

Workforce Connections

Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission

Western Technical College

7 Rivers Alliance

UW-La Crosse Small Business Development Center