Farm Groups Pleased with Romanski as DATCP Secretary

Wisconsin Ag Connection – 09/01/2010

Several Wisconsin farm groups have issued statements indicating they like what they see in Governor Jim Doyle’s new agriculture secretary. This week, Deputy Secretary Randy Romanski was announced to replace the late-Rod Nilsestuen as the chief of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation says Romanski’s extensive experience with agricultural and rural issues makes him the logical successor to ensure continuity for the industry and consumers.

“We at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation wish to congratulate Randy Romanski on his appointment as Wisconsin’s Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection,” WFBF President Bill Bruins said. “As Deputy Secretary he garnered our respect for his ability to resolve divergent viewpoints on issues.”

Dairy Business Association President Jerry Meissner said Randy will help dairy farmers make a seamless transition as that sector moves forward with important issues in the months ahead.

“As much we miss Rod’s leadership on the dairy issues that are so important to our farmers, Randy’s appointment is good news because he has worked closely with the Governor’s Office and helped shepherd a number of these important issues through the legislative process,” Meissner said.

And the Wisconsin Farmers Union stated that Romanski knows his way around government and knows the importance of taking reasoned approaches to problem-solving. Director Scott Schultz says his best quality is that he listens to people before moving ahead.

Doyle announced his appointment of Randy Romanski to head the state’s agriculture department on Monday. He will serve until January when Doyle retires from public office and his successor names his own new cabinet members.