Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council


The Advisory Council was established in response to recommendations by the 2004 Governor's Task Force on Organic Agriculture. The group first met in February 2006. A cooperati​ng Interagency Team composed of representatives of major state and federal agriculture agencies meets with the Council.

Mission Statement

The Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council brings together public and private resources to promote Wisconsin’s national leadership position in Organic Agriculture. By advising the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and other organizations and agencies on critical organic issues, the council supports organic production, processing, and purchasing opportunities for Wisconsin farmers, processors, and consumers.


The purpose of the Council is to provide guidance to the Secretary of Agriculture, the Governor, the Legislature, and other state agencies on actions that can be taken to further the Wisconsin organic industry. Member terms are on a three-year rotating basis, with four members going off each year. The Council conducts its business via quarterly all-day meetings.


The Council consists of 13 people representing the spectrum of organic production, processing, and marketing in Wisconsin, including:

  • Three certified organic farmers, preferably reflecting several types of farms (dairy, vegetable, etc.).
  • Three organic business sector representatives.
  • One representative of organic consumers.
  • One representative of a private, non-profit educational organization involved in organic agriculture.
  • One representative of the certification industry.
  • Three at-large members. 
  • One DATCP representative.​

​2023-24 Organic Advisory Council Members

​The 13 Council members serve three-year terms with four terms expiring each year. The nomination period takes place in early winter/spring each year, with selections announced in May or June.

Join the Council

The Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council (OAC) is currently seeking nominations for the 2024 open seats of: organic certifier, organic business, organic farmer, and at-large. The OAC is seeking individuals willing to share thoughts and opinions with fellow OAC members and interagency partners. The application period is open through March 8, 2024.

Click here to download the OAC Nomination Application.

This 13-member council provides guidance to the DATCP Secretary, the Governor, the Legislature, and other state agencies on actions that can be taken to further the Wisconsin organic industry.​

Email the completed application to DATCP Organics Program Specialist Andrew Bernhardt at: andrew.bernhardt@wisconsin.gov or mail it to:
Andrew Bernhardt
PO Box 8911
Madison, WI   53708

Advisory Council Activities​

The Advisory Council and Interagency Team meets three to four times annually. It supports growth in the organic sector through Organic Advisory Council sponsored projects, representing organic agriculture on a number of agency committees, developing written recommendations and letters of support, and providing advice and recommendations to agencies and organizations.

Overall Organic Advisory Council Priorities

Organic Advisory Council Priorities List adopted January, 2017.

Council Priorities