Yesterday at the Board of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection meeting in Tomahawk, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Ben Brancel announced he will retire on August 13.
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation President Jim Holte released this statement regarding the announcement:
“Whether it is statewide, nationally or internationally, Secretary Brancel does a notable job representing Wisconsin farmers. Secretary Brancel understands our agricultural and rural communities because he is first a farmer. He understands the trials and tribulations our farmers face daily and that has always been reflected in his work.
Wisconsin Farm Bureau members send their sincerest regards to Secretary Brancel for his years of service and dedication to our industry. We owe him a debt of gratitude for the support he has given to Wisconsin farmers in his 30-year public service career. During that time, he helped enact Wisconsin’s use value assessment law which taxes farmland at the value of its use, as opposed to its market value if sold. He also updated Wisconsin’s right to farm law and trespass law.
Thank you Secretary Brancel for your time and talent through the years. We wish you the best in your retirement.”