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Randy Romanski to Officially Serve as State Ag Secretary
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/31/2010

Though the appointment will be short-lived, Governor Jim Doyle has appointed Randy Romanski to lead the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection for the remainder of his term. On Monday, Doyle announced that he was confident that Romanski, who served as deputy secretary of the DATCP since December 2007, would work hard to continue the work of the late-Rod Nilsestuen.

"Rod was a great Secretary of DATCP and one of the most important agriculture leaders in the history of Wisconsin," Doyle said of is former cabinet member, who drowned while on vacation last month. "Randy was Rod's second in command, and an integral part of DATCP recent successes."

Doyle says Romanski worked closely with Secretary Nilsestuen to enact legislation, such as the Working Lands Initiative; investment tax credit assistance for dairy farmers, meat processors, dairy cooperatives, food processors and beginning farmers; the new Farm to School program; and helped secure funding for the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin program at DATCP.

Randy is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-River Falls and has a master's degree in public administration from the UW-Madison's Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs. Prior to his appointment at DATCP, he served as the Executive Assistant for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, as well as deputy chief of staff for Doyle's office; executive assistant for the Department of Transportation; and spokesperson and policy analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

He also has strong experience in the state legislature, having held staff positions in both the Senate and the Assembly--working directly on agricultural, rural affairs and natural resources issues.

Meanwhile, when Doyle announced last August that he would not be seeking a third term in office, Romanski told Wisconsin Ag Connection that his agency was looking forward to getting even more work done under Doyle's leadership to promote Wisconsin's rural and agricultural sector.

"Governor Doyle made it clear that he intends to work just as hard during his final months of office as he did all along and DATCP is looking forward to working with his team to enhance the diversity of this industry and make it even stronger," Romanski said at that time. He will now be even more directly involved in that process until his appointment expires in January 2011.

Until now, Nilsestuen had been Doyle's only agriculture secretary since taking office in 2003.

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