The Agrichemical Management (ACM) Bureau administers Wisconsin’s regulatory and enforcement programs associated with commercial animal feeds, fertilizers, pesticides and other plant production and pest control materials used in agricultural, urban and industrial settings. The ACM bureau video provides a feel for the widespread impact of the bureau’s programs.
During 2014, we continued our Bureau of Agricultural Chemical Management Information Technology (BAM-IT) project of updating our database systems. The goal of this project is to increase efficiency and data accuracy, eliminate duplication and improve customer service. Some features we hope to include in the upgrade: web-based licensing and tonnage for the fertilizer, feed and pesticide programs; web-based permits for soil and plant additive, feed export certificate, fertilizer and special registration programs; and the ability to accept electronic payments and credit card payments online.
Phase One in the system upgrade has been to conduct a detailed analysis of the 20-plus bureau programs in a very thorough and systematic approach. This analysis includes an intense and rigorous evaluation of the state administrative rules, state statutes, and federal codes governing each program area. Also included is a review of existing department policies and procedures to ensure they are up to date and complete. While going through this evaluation, we have re-engineered many programs and improved many process in our bureau operations and process flows. One example of an improvement we made this past year was to use Microsoft OneNote to create a central repository of information about the feed program. The repository is accessible to the program specialist, field staff and managers, and includes all program information about feed ingredients, interpretations, and inspection forms. This program improvement ensures information and knowledge is available bureau wide and can be accessed even in the absence of a particular staff person. We anticipate many more similar improvements, with the end result being efficiently-run bureau programs, better customer service, and an IT system to manage our data and support our programs.
Similar to 2013, the ACM Bureau was significantly impacted by retirements and staffing changes during 2014. Many of these positions have or will be redesigned to meet future program and industry needs. This large workforce change has and will continue to require significant staff and management time to train new employees.
For more information about any of the bureau programs you may email the department.
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