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Date: Monday, November 9, 2009, 1:59 PM

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Opportunity arises!!!

DATCP board is meeting on Nov 11th with public comment period beginning at 10:30 am in Madison. Max Kane called me with this information. Attached is the agenda and members bio provided by Max.

Karen Schultz is the DATCP employee in legal services who takes minutes for these meetings.  Her number is 608-224-5023. I called her this morning. She told me that public comment period begins at 10:30 am. We can register the day of the meeting, Karen said if not many people show up each person can talk for 5 minutes, if many people show up everyone get 2 minutes.

DATCP board is the group that approves administrative rule changes.!!! This board approved the rule changes that is putting so much pressure on the raw milk producers today.

What do you think of asking your consumers to go to Madison and be at this meeting.  If we can get 200 people it will set a tone of seriousness.  Now is the time!  I believe we need  people from each group to attend.

We do not have much time as usual. I believe a report on the effects of this rule change needs to be presented.  Karen said in the past if 25 people show up the DATCP board will allow a letter to be read for all the people they represent rather than each individual speaking.  I think a combination of a report telling the effects of the rule changes and enforcement is important and then individuals speaking their heart and mind is the way to go.

This is an opportunity. This DATCP board meets every other month with sometimes meeting every month.  I did not get the schedule of meetings.

We need to take every opportunity to bring Raw Milk out in the open.  Be forewarned that DATCP and health department officials are going to attack us with a vengeance. They will try to paint us as unreasonable fringe ex-hippies as one lobbyist cautioned me. The way forward is not for the fainthearted.  AS we become more public we are open to more attacks. This is the game we are in as distasteful as it may be.

Do you have the people organized in your group to act now and take advantage of this opportunity to be in front of the DATCP board?  (I think visiting this board should be in our strategic plan for raw milk legalization and we should have someone attending each month.)

We have today and tomorrow to see if anyone can attend.  I am willing to commit to being there for the meeting. Max said he is attending.

Please send this out to your customers and ask your best organizers to attend and we consumers can meet each other and share information and work on strategy  after the meeting.

The address of the meeting is:  2811 Agriculture Dr. Location:Board Room, Madison. 

Each person who wants to speak needs to fill out an appearance card  with Karen Schultz. Meeting begins at 9am. Karen said it would be helpful if we arrive by 10am to fill out the appearance card.

Board Room just to the right of the main doors.

Hope to see you in Madison,

Brian Wickert

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               Wednesday, November 11, 2009

For Meeting at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2811 Agriculture Drive, Board Room, Madison, WI. 

The Board of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will meet on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  The agenda for the meeting is shown below. 


9:00        1.            Call the Meeting to Order

  1. Approve Minutes of September 9, 2009 Board Meeting
  1. Report of Board Member Activities
  1. Secretary’s Report
  • Activities
  • Dairy Roundtable Discussion Follow-up
  • 2010 Priorities and Initiatives

10:30               5.            Public Appearances – Each speaker is limited to 5 minutes or less, depending on the number of speakers.  Each speaker must fill out and submit an appearance card to the Board clerk.

11:00               6.            ATCP 92 – Weights and Measures License Fees (Hearing Draft) – Trade and Consumer Protection Division

11:15               7.          Working Lands Initiative (Report) – Agricultural Resource Management Division

11:45               8.            Consumer Protection (Report) – Trade and Consumer Protection Division

12:15                             Break for lunch; Reconvene at 1:00

1:00                   9.         Groundwater Survey (Report) – Agricultural Resource Management Division

1:45                 10.         Interstate Meat Shipments (Report) – Food Safety Division and Agricultural Development Division

2:30                 11.         Schedule and Future Agenda Items

2:45                 12.         Adjourn

Current board members are Mike Dummer; Brian D. Rude; Cynthia Brown; Richard Cates, Ph.D.; Andy Diercks; Enrique Figueroa, Ph.D.; Mike Krutza; Margaret Krome; Shelly Mayer.

Chairman Mike Dummer (Term May 1, 2003 – May 1, 2009)
Mr. Dummer along with his wife Kathy, daughters, Amy, Beth and Tracy, his parents and brothers, manage a farming operation that includes livestock, cash grain, grain elevator and custom combining and commercial composting business in Holmen. Mr. Dummer served as president of the Wisconsin National Farmers Organization for seven years and was Southwest District NFO president in 1997. Dummer is currently the Director of Marketing and Service for the Equity Livestock Credit Corporation. Mr. Dummer has served on several local and state committees including the DNR Animal Waste Advisory Committee; Agriculture, Technology and Family Farm Institute Advisory Committee; DATCP Grain Council and Marketing Division Advisory Committee; and the Consortium for Animal Agriculture Resource Development.

Brian D. Rude (Term May 1, 2005 – May 1, 2011) top
Brian Rude has been with Dairyland Power Cooperative since May of 2000 and is currently Director of External Relations. Brian served as a Wisconsin State Senator for 16 years and as a Wisconsin State Representative for just over a year. From 1989 to 2000, Brian was a member of legislative leadership, including serving as Wisconsin Senate President from 1993 to 1996 and again in 1998.

From 1981 to 1985, Brian worked in the Corporate Communications section of the Trane Company of La Crosse. He was a research analyst in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1978 to 1981, and a research analyst in the Iowa State Senate from 1976 to 1978.

Brian received a BA degree in history and political science from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1977. In 1994, he earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cynthia Brown (Term January 16, 2003 – May 1, 2013) top
Cynthia Brown has a long and diverse background in agriculture. Being the seventh generation of the Doane family involved in farming, she helped the family operation evolve into an agribusiness (Doane, Ltd. and Chippewa Valley Bean) that grows, processes and markets kidney beans throughout the world. Her experience outside of agriculture came from working for Menard, Inc. as an administrative assistant and property manger as well as teaching at Chippewa Valley Technical College. Cindy graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics. She is chair of the Food Aid Committee for the National Dry Bean Council, a board member of the American Dry Bean Board and is on the Foundation Board for the Chippewa Valley Technical College. She lives in Dunn County with her husband, Bob. Their son, Charles, is a student at UW-Stout and works at Chippewa Valley Bean.

Richard Cates, Jr. (Term May 1, 2003 – May 1, 2009) top
Richard (Dick) L. Cates, Jr., Ph.D., and his wife, Kim, co-own and operate the Cates Family Farm near Spring Green, Wisconsin, a managed grazing farm that has been in the family since 1967. The Cates family raises grass-fed beef and sells directly to restaurants, stores and households.

Dick holds a faculty position in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is director of the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers, a program for training and mentoring start-up farmers which he helped create in 1995. He also co-teaches courses in grassland- and agro- ecology.

Dick serves an appointment by US Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns to the USDA Advisory Council for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. He also serves as a member of the River Valley School Board and the Spring Green Lions Club. In addition, Dick works internationally as a volunteer consultant with farmer-to-farmer assistance projects, most recently in Azerbaijan, China, Honduras and Moldova.

His first book, “Voices from the Heart of the Land: rural stories that inspire community” (2007; The Guest Cottage Books), is conversations with elder rural citizens that communicate the value set of our forebears around land, community, and character in America.

Dick counts his good fortune in the abundance of the farm, the love of his family and friends, and in the opportunity to determine one’s own destiny in a free and democratic country.

Andy Diercks (Term January 16, 2003 – May 1, 2011) top
Mr. Diercks, along with his father, owns and operates 2800-acre potato and vegetable farm in Coloma, Wisconsin. Mr. Diercks has been farming since 1993 and received his bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Agriculture Engineering. Mr. Diercks was elected President of the Wisconsin Agricultural Stewardship Initiative in July 2001 and was elected President of the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association in February 2002.

Enrique E. Figueroa, Ph.D. (Term January 16, 2003 – May 1, 2013) top
As Director of the Roberto Hernandez Center (RHC), Dr. Figueroa is the chief executive and administrative officer of the Center. Responsibilities include overall management and planning, including personnel, budget administration, and program development and implementation. In addition, Dr. Figueroa is expected to promote campus affirmative action and equal opportunity goals and to make progress toward achieving the goals and actions of the UW system 2008 Plan, the Milwaukee Commitment, the OFCCP conciliation agreement, and provide support in areas of engagement with the community and implementation of commitments made by Chancellor and Vice Chancellor. As Assistant to the Provost for Latino Affairs, Dr. Figueroa assists the Provost in efforts to promote the hiring of Latino faculty and staff as well as represent UWM before the greater Milwaukee Latino community. Dr. Figueroa works extensively with the Latino community of Greater Milwaukee in areas of program development, research, outreach, and community empowerment through education. He serves on the Board of Directors of Milwaukee’s oldest community based organization serving the Latino community and has developed a communications protocol with the region’s Latino leadership.

Dr. Figueroa was born in Uvalde, TX and lived there until the age of twelve, when his family moved to Modesto, CA. His formal schooling includes an A.S degree in Animal Science from Modesto Junior College, a B.S. in Agricultural Education from Fresno State University, an M.S. in Horticulture from U.C.-Davis, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from U.C.-Davis. After his first Masters, Dr. Figueroa was an Instructor of Ornamental Horticulture at Modesto Junior College and then worked for the California Conservation Corps for the State of California. While in graduate school, Dr. Figueroa was selected as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Fellow and worked for the House Committee on Agriculture in the U.S. Congress. Upon completing his doctorate, Dr. Figueroa was appointed Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics at Cornell University and was subsequently promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. Figueroa was appointed as Administrator of Agricultural Marketing Service by the Clinton Administration and subsequently was promoted to Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, both at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In both capacities, Dr. Figueroa played a key role in national policy affecting the marketing of agricultural products. He was responsible for a 2 billion dollar budget and a workforce of nearly 15,000. Dr. Figueroa serves on the Boards of national philanthropic organizations and on local community based organization Boards. He is a recognized national scholar, administrator, and Latino community leader.

Mike Krutza (Term January 16, 2003 – May 1, 2011) top
Mike’s career has spanned nearly 30 years in various positions within the Farm Credit System. His FCS system responsibilities ranged from a loan officer in Fond du Lac, Supervision at the District Bank, Chief Credit Officer Northwest FCS and CEO and FCS Financial Services, aka Farm Credit Services of North Central Wisconsin since 1988. He has served as a director of the Wisconsin Agribusiness Council and currently a director for the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperative and the Rural Economic Development Board in the Department of Commerce. He also received AgriMarketer of the Year award in 1996 from NAMA. Most recently FCS Financial merged with Minnesota Valley FCS to create United FCS, the first parent holding company of its kind in the Farm Credit System. He currently serves as Management Chair of United FCS.

Mike holds a B.S. of Education and M.S. in Economics from UW Platteville. Mike and his wife Laurie reside in Wausau and have 3 daughters attending UW Madison, Marquette University and University of Georgia.

Margaret Krome (Term January 16, 2003 – May 1, 2013) top
Margaret Krome graduated from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a B.A. in English Literature. After working as an advocate for poverty legal aid in Washington, D.C. and as a community agroforester in Cameroon, in 1986 she moved to Wisconsin, where she has been an advocate for environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible agricultural policies. She received a masters degree from the UW-Madison’s Land Resources Program in 1989.

Since 1994, she has been the Agricultural Policy Coordinator for the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, Wisconsin. In this capacity she coordinates the annual national grassroots campaign to fund federal programs supported by the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture; conducts workshops nationwide on grant writing and using federal programs to support sustainable agriculture; and works with agricultural and other colleagues to foster innovative state programs to support marketing, pesticide management and other needs.

She has worked with others in the Madison, Wisconsin area to foster close marketing relationships between consumers and locally environmentally sound farmers. She writes a bi-weekly editorial column for the evening paper in Madison, where she lives with her husband and two children. She and her family own 140 acres in Grant County, where they camp, garden, hunt, and are building a cabin.

Shelly Mayer (Term May 1, 2003 – May 1, 2009) top
Shelly grew up on a dairy farm near Muscoda (southwestern WI) and has been involved in dairy from a very young age, 4-H, FFA, dairy judging, showing and also the WI Junior Holstein Association. She graduated from UW-Madison, earning a bachelor’s of science degree.

She is an active partner with husband, Dwight, in their dairy business near Slinger, WI. They have three children. Devin is 13, Cassandra is 11, and their little brother Dylan is now 6.

Shelly enjoys working with cattle, coaching dairy bowl and dairy judging teams (4-H youth leader) and is an avid gardener.