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Madison, Wisconsin – Governor Scott Walker released the following statement today after Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Secretary Ben Brancel announced he will be retiring from state service effective August 13, 2017.

“Ben has served with distinction as a state representative and speaker of the State Assembly, as DATCP secretary under both our administration and Governor Tommy Thompson’s administration, and as a leader of a number of agricultural organizations in our state. His leadership and counsel on agriculture and trade issues have been invaluable to me, and I thank him for his service and dedication to the people of Wisconsin. We wish Ben and his wife, Gail, all the very best as they begin this new and exciting chapter.”

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