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Wisconsin Ag Export Advisory Council Members Named
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/13/2022

More than a dozen members have been appointed to the newly created Wisconsin Agricultural Export Advisory Council. The group has been established to help guide the initiatives created through the Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural Exports, which is a collaborative project between DATCP and WEDC to promote the export of Wisconsin's agricultural and agribusiness products.

The council is made up of international trade experts from WEDC and DATCP, state legislators, and agriculture organizations and agribusinesses representing crop, dairy, and meat products. The group will meet at least twice per year, with the first council meeting planned for May 4 in Madison.

Members of the Agricultural Export Advisory Council include:

Crop Industry Representatives:
Brandon Bickham, Senior Export Director, Delong Brian Cummins, Director, Wisconsin Distillers Guild
Jackie Fett, Executive Director, Ginseng Board of Wisconsin
Larry Krueger, Owner, Krueger Lumber
Charles Wachsmuth, Vice President, Chippewa Valley Bean
Bob Wilson, Managing Member, The Cranberry Network
Kevin Lipps, Vice President of International Sales, Seneca

Dairy Industry Representatives:
Chad Vincent, CEO, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
Ryan Wucherer, Director of Global Sales, MCT Dairies
Jeff Schwager, CEO, Sartori

Meat Industry Representatives:
Amy Radunz, President-elect, Wisconsin Beef Council
Keith Heikes, CEO, GENEX
Bob Fitzgerald, Vice President of International Sales, Johnsonville

At Large:
Craig Briess, CEO, Briess Industries
Kevin Krentz, President, Wisconsin Farm Bureau

Ex Officio/Legislative Members:
Sen. Jeff Smith
Sen. Joan Ballweg
Rep. Dave Considine
Rep. Tony Kurtz

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