Romanski Confirmed As DATCP Secretary

Several ag organizations are applauding the Senate’s approval of DATCP Secretary Randy Romanski.

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association had advocated for confirmation of the three agency heads approved yesterday to Gov. Tony Evers’ cabinet: DATCP Secretary Randy Romanski, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Secretary Missy Hughes and DoT Secretary Craig Thompson.

“With regulatory flexibility, the creation of new aid programs, and clear, open communication, Secretaries Romanski, Hughes and Thompson have proven key partners to dairy processors and dairy farmers through the pandemic,” says John Umhoefer, WCMA Executive Director. “We value their leadership and look forward to continuing to work with them in strengthening the dairy industry and Wisconsin’s rural communities.”

The Dairy Business Association says the organization looks forward to continuing to work with Randy Romanski as the newly confirmed state agriculture secretary. He was named interim secretary in 2019 and appointed secretary-designee by Evers in 2020.

“We congratulate Mr. Romanski on his confirmation and thank the Senate for recognizing the value he brings to Wisconsin’s all-important agricultural community,” says DBA President Amy Penterman. “Romanski has built a longstanding productive relationship with our dairy community. Over the past 18 months, especially, he has shown steady leadership through some of the biggest challenges our farmers and processors have ever faced due to the pandemic.”

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Krentz also voices support for Romanski’s and Thompson’s confirmation.

“We hope to continue working with these two leaders and their agencies on behalf of Wisconsin farmers,” Krentz says.