World Dairy Expo is a very busy time for Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Ben Brancel. Besides the various ceremonies that he is involved with at the show, Brancel hosted U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and has met with officials from many of nations attending the show. “We have virtually met with any country you can mention attending the show.” This is just the latest installment in Brancel’s continuing effort to build Wisconsin’s export business. He is also discussing foreign investment in Wisconsin dairy processing, he stresses it would be much wiser for them to put their money there with end products being the result rather than buying land where they would end up with commodities which still need to be processed.
The Secretary is also involved in a collaborative effort with the State, Dane County and World Dairy Expo exploring possible improvements to the Alliant Energy Center campus. Specifically they are considering a new state-of-the-art barn which would replace at least some of the existing barns plus eliminate the need for the big tents the show puts up each year. They are also looking at some other improvements for commercial exhibitors and meeting and seminar accommodations at the facility.
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