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Hon. Rod Nilsestuen

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Secretary of Agriculture

Phone: (608) ***-****  
Local Address:  Wisconsin , United States
Trade and Consumer Protection

Employment History

  • Executive Director
    Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives
  • Founding Chair
    National Rural Cooperative Development Task Force

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  • law degree
200 Total References
Web References
Give Something Special this Holiday Season, 8 Oct 2013 [cached]
"Every dollar spent on locally-made products and services contributes to a strong Wisconsin economy," according to Rod Nilsestuen, secretary of the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
China Open To U. S. Pork Again - A News Story:, 3 June 2006 [cached]
WISCONSINREPORT.COM (03/19/2010) - Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection Secretary Rod Nilsestuen is applauding the announcement that China has reopened its markets to pork and pork products from the U.S. almost a year after slamming the door shut in the wake of the H1N1 scare.
"This is great news for hog producers in Wisconsin and nationwide," said Nilsestuen, Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
Having a promise from such a major market is vital for agricultural exporters," Nilsestuen said.
APHIS - National Association of Farm Animal Welfare [cached]
The form was signed by Rod Nilsestuen, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection on 12/18/06 and submitted to the USDA, APHIS, VS as part of the application for a Cooperative Agreement.
Dairy Business Association, dairy news, DBA, Wisconsin dairy farms, dairy products, 30 May 2012 [cached]
Jerry Meissner, President of the Dairy Business Association, released the following statement regarding the recent death of Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Production (DATCP) Secretary Rod Nilsestuen:
"On behalf of the Dairy Business Association, we wish to express our deepest sympathies to the family of Secretary Rod Nilsestuen. Rod was a true friend of our farming community and a leader in the resurgence of Wisconsin's dairy industry," said Meissner.
Rod Nilsestuen, Wisconsin's ..., 22 July 2010 [cached]
Rod Nilsestuen, Wisconsin's department of agriculture head, drowns
MADISON - Rod Nilsestuen, who headed the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture as a "visionary agriculture leader" and helped dramatically increase the state's dairy production, has died, Gov.
Vigue said Nilsestuen was volunteering in the area.
Nilsestuen was not only "one of the most important agriculture leaders in Wisconsin history" who helped protect farmland and connect residents to local farms, but also was a wonderful father, husband and friend, Doyle said in a statement.
The governor credited Nilsestuen for dramatically increasing Wisconsin's production of cheese and milk, promoting the development of biofuels to generate local renewable energy and ensuring that "farmers received the economic value of their work."
Nilsestuen also was a respected leader in the cooperative movement. Before he became the state's top agriculture official, Nilsestuen spent 24 years leading the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives, according to his biography on the department's website.
He also helped found a national cooperative task force that resulted in federal investment in cooperative development, and held leadership roles in several regional and national cooperative groups, the biography said.
He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and earned a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, according to the biography.
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