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 is currently serving as the
Senior Director of Dairy Handling and Supply for CROPP Cooperative/Organic
Valley. In her 15 years with the
Cooperative she has served in various capacities in business analysis and project
management, and is currently serving in the Dairy Pool. In 2000 she received a Bachelor of Science
degree from UW-River Falls in Animal Science with a Dairy emphasis. Ms. Leis has been involved in the Wisconsin
Farm Bureau at the state and local levels since 2005. She is actively involved as a volunteer in
various youth development and athletic clubs in the community of Cashton and
surrounding area. She is also involved
in her family’s 350 cow dairy operation in Cashton, Wisconsin where she lives
with her husband and three active children.
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 Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Seneca Foods
Corporation since 2005. He grew up on a
farm in Southeastern Minnesota and is a 1985 graduate of Iowa State University
with a degree in Agricultural Business.
In his 28 years with Seneca, he has served in various management roles in
the company, beginning in the agricultural department, and progressing through
various operations responsibilities to his current role. Mr. Palmby has served on the Board of
Directors of the Northwest Food Processors Association, the Midwest Food Processors
Association, the American Frozen Food Institute, and the Wisconsin FFA
Foundation. He has also served as board
member and Chairman of the Board for the Wisconsin FFA Sponsor’s Board as well
as the Produce for Better Health Foundation.
He served two appointments by Secretary of Agriculture Ann Venneman and
Secretary Mike Johanns to USDA’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory
Committee from 2002-2006 and 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 and held positions previously with the Burnett Dairy
Cooperative, Antigo Cheese, Blackfoot Cheese, and Kraft Foods. Currently, he is a Trustee at the Chippewa
Valley Technical College, the President of the Ellsworth Chamber, and the Chair
of the Ellsworth Library Committee. Mr.
Bauer also is on the Board of Directors for the American Dairy Product
Institute and a member of the National Milk Producers Federation Cheese Market
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. Mr. 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, Ilinois.
Carla Washington (Term August 9, 2019 – May 1, 2025)
Carla Washington currently serves as the Vice President of
Programs, Chief Partnership Officer at the Sojourner Family Peace Center in
Milwaukee. She earned her Bachelors of Science in business and marketing from
Marquette University and holds an MBA in management from the University of
Wisconsin-Whitewater. Ms. Washington has over 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