The Governor appoints citizens who serve on the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Board for six years. The Wisconsin Legislature confirms the Governor's appointments. The board members elect a chair who conducts the monthly meetings. The board is a policy-making body, not an advisory board.
Chair: Miranda Leis (Term June 12, 2017 – May 1, 2023)
Miranda Leis, a project manager for CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley in LaFarge, is presently Director of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. She has been an active member of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau since 2005, currently serving on the Policy Development Committee. Previously she held the position of Young Farmer and Agriculturalist Chair on both the county and state Farm Bureaus. Miranda is also involved with the La Crosse Chapter of the Project Management Institute and received her degree in animal science with an emphasis in dairy production and nutrition.
Vice Chair: Andy Diercks (Term June 12, 2017 –May 1, 2023)
Andy Diercks, along with his father, owns and operates a 2,800-acre potato and vegetable farm in Coloma. Andy has been farming since 1993 and received his bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Agriculture Engineering. He was elected President of the Wisconsin Agricultural Stewardship Initiative in July 2001 and was elected President of the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association in February 2002.
Secretary: Paul Palmby (Term May 1, 2021 - May 1, 2027)
Paul Palmby has served as President and CEO at Seneca Foods Corporation since September of 2020 having been Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since 2005. In his 34 years with Seneca he has served in various management roles in the company starting in the agricultural department and progressing through operations to his current role. Paul has served on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Food Processors Association and the Wisconsin FFA Foundation, among others. He served on USDA's Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee from 2002-2006 and 2018 to present. He currently serves on the Board of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.
Paul Bauer (Term October 11, 2017 - May 1, 2023)
Paul Bauer has been the CEO of Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery in Ellsworth, Wisconsin since 2008. He received a degree in Agricultural Business from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. He previously held positions with the Burnett Dairy Cooperative, Antigo Cheese and Blackfoot Cheese, and Kraft Foods.
Patty Edelburg (Term August 5, 2019 – May 1, 2025)
Patty Edelburg is a dairy farmer from Scandinavia in central Wisconsin. A graduate from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Edelburg currently serves as the Vice President of the National Farmers Union. She has also served as the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director as well as on the FSA State Committee. She played an instrumental role in the implementation of programs across Wisconsin as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill. She has been involved in numerous state and local agricultural organizations for years, becoming a vocal advocate for farmers across Wisconsin.
Dr. Clare Hintz (Term May 1, 2021 - May 1, 2027)
Dr. Clare Hintz runs Elsewhere Farm, a production permaculture farm near the south shore of Lake Superior in Herbster, Wisconsin. The solar-powered farm features perennial fruits and nuts interplanted on five acres, intensive market gardens, and rare-breed pigs and chickens: most marketed through winter and summer CSAs. She is also the editor of the Journal of Sustainability Education. Dr. Hintz holds a bachelor's degree in biology and writing, a master's in sustainable systems, and a Ph.D. in sustainability education with a focus on regenerative agriculture.
Doug Rebout (Term May 1, 2021 - May 1, 2027)
Doug Rebout is a partner in Roger Rebout & Sons Farms near Janesville. The farm includes over 4,200 acres of cropland, 280 Holstein and crossbred steers, and 400 custom-raised heifers. Rebout is actively engaged in public and community service as a member of the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association Board of Directors and as a member of the Governor's Task Force on Climate Change.
Dan Smith (Term May 21, 2019 – May 1, 2025)
Dan Smith is currently the President and CEO of Cooperative Network. In his years of experience working with farmers, cooperatives, and rural communities, he has also served as the Administrator for DATCP’s Division of Agricultural Development and the Chief Executive Officer of Midwestern BioAg. He is a graduate of UW-Madison and was a dairy producer for 30 years on his home farm in Freeport, IL.
Carla Washington (Term August 9, 2019 – May 1, 2025)
Carla Washington currently serves as the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Shelter Services at the Sojourner Family Peace Center in Milwaukee. She earned her bachelor’s of science in business and marketing from Marquette University and holds an MBA in management from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She has 20 years of experience in program development and coalition building in the human services field, serving as a valuable advocacy voice to protect older consumers and the workers who care for them.