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Wisconsin Farm Groups React to Pfaff's Firing
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/06/2019

A coalition of Wisconsin agriculture groups that earlier supported Governor Tony Evers' pick of Brad Pfaff as the state's agriculture secretary in January has released a statement after Tuesday's Senate vote that denied his confirmation.

In a statement released shortly after the vote was taken, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Wisconsin Pork Association, Wisconsin Dairy Alliance, Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Association, Wisconsin Soybean Association, Wisconsin Association of Professional Agricultural Consultants, Wisconsin Cattlemen's Association, and the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association issued the following joint statement:

"We respect the Governor's nomination of Brad Pfaff as DATCP Secretary. Earlier this spring, we issued a joint statement of support for his nomination and supported him at his confirmation hearing. We also respect the authority of the State Senate to review leadership appointments for state agencies and departments. We are confident that they aim to defend and promote agriculture in Wisconsin. As an agricultural community, we strive to work together with leaders in state and local government to support and maintain Wisconsin's farm economy. We look forward to working together to support the development of strong agriculture policy in Wisconsin."

Other groups issued statements of their own prior to Tuesday's hearing, where they all urged Senators to vote in favor of confirmation. Those organizations included Cooperative Network, Dairy Business Association, Organic Valley Cooperative, Wisconsin Agri-Business Association, Wisconsin Cheese Maker Association, Wisconsin Corn Growers Association, Wisconsin Farmers Union, and Wisconsin National Farmers Organization.

Pfaff has been serving as DATCP secretary-designee since Evers was inaugurated. As part of state rules, nominees can serve as cabinet members prior to a confirmation hearing, but cannot continue to hold such positions if the Senate votes against them.

This is the first such ousting of a governor's cabinet nominee since the 1980s.

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