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Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/10/2020

The head of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says operations at the agency are still in full swing despite the many changes brought on by the effects of the Coronavirus. State Interim Ag Secretary Randy Romanski told members of the media during a conference call on Thursday that many staff are working remotely, but most services continue to be offered to those who need it.

"We hold weekly conference calls with other agencies and industry stakeholders in an effort to keep our ears to the ground," Romanski said. "Our department is doing everything we can along with our partners to make sure food is on the shelves and that the supply chain is not disrupted."

He said on-site meat inspections are continuing with little interruption, but many of the Division of Food inspections are being done virtually whenever possible.

"We are happy to hear that most of the livestock markets have been active, which is good news in light of other out-of-state cases where COVID-19 is forcing processing plants to shut down," he noted.

As for reports about how many dairy farmers in Wisconsin are being told to dispose of their milk, Romanski said the department does not have an exact figure but is asking affected producers to report such incidents to the Wisconsin Farm Center if they feel comfortable sharing the information.

The agency is also extending re-certification deadlines for pesticide handlers and offering online training to those who wish to become certified.

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