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Manske Retires as Co-op Network's Government Director
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/12/2018

The long-time director of government relations at Cooperative Network says he will retire at the end of the 2018 legislative session. John Manske, who has been with the group for over 25 years, was instrumental in the support of legislation that furthered the cooperative way.

He helped establish the Dairy Investment Tax Credit and Co-op Care, which allowed farmers to form a cooperative for the purpose of purchasing health insurance. Manske also led efforts to modernize the two statutes that govern cooperatives in Wisconsin: Chapters 193 and 185. And he was instrumental in defeating the Gross Receipts Tax on oil which would have cost Wisconsin cooperatives $13 million.

John served a number of organizations during his tenture, including the Wisconsin Agricultural Producer Security Council and the Badgerland Financial board of directors.

"John Manske provided exemplary service to Wisconsin's cooperative community for over 25 years," said Senior Government & Members Services Director Patrick Murray. "He was a trusted voice with lawmakers of all political stripes at the Capitol and his dedication to our members was second to none."

Prior to joining Cooperative Network, Manske served others through his work on the Milton City Council and as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly. He was recently honored for his service to Wisconsin cooperatives with a citation from the Wisconsin State Assembly.

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