Thursday, September 01, 2011

Thanks Senator Dale Schultz and Agricultural Development Division Administrator Mike Powers

Thanks to Wisconsin Senator Dale Schultz for helping us welcome Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Division Administrator Mike Powers to the Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen.

Senator Schultz has been very helpful in highlighting the work we're doing at the Innovation Kitchen. He recently invited Mike Powers, leader of DATCP's Agricultural Development Division. We're all very thankful for Senator Schultz's help in telling our exciting story!

The DATCP Agricultural Development Division promotes Wisconsin products at home and abroad and provides assistance to farmers.

From the DATCP site:

"Mike Powers served five terms in the Wisconsin Legislature, where he supported and advanced agricultural policy, serving on the Assembly Rural Affairs, Utilities and Land Use Committees and receiving special recognition as a "Friend of Agriculture." He chose to leave the Legislature to work in real estate and wind energy development. Powers also served on the Green County Board of Supervisors during adoption of the county’s first large-scale livestock operation regulations. Prior to his election to the Assembly, he was the Green County conservationist, managing soil erosion control, farmland preservation, priority watershed and agricultural education and youth programs. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, earning a degree in Land Reclamation, a combination of agriculture, engineering, mining and natural resources. Through school, he worked on local dairy and hog farms; for agricultural businesses including a farm supply, grain storage, feed and agricultural chemical cooperative; and for the University of Wisconsin-Extension."

Everyone at the kitchen enjoyed meeting Mike Powers. Mike is our neighbor in Green County and we really enjoyed his tales of ag entrepreneurship. Mike doesn't just talk about it, he's done it. It wan an honor to show Mike the good work of Annette and her team at the Hodan Center's Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen.

Mike has led a distinguished career, but the Innovation Kitchen team has decided to add one more accolade to Mike's resume after listening to him discuss his ag entrepreneurship experiences. We have unofficially nicknamed Mike, Wisconsin's "King of Kohlrabi".

Thanks to Senator Dale Schultz for another great visit and to DATCP Division Administrator Mike Powers.

We greatly appreciate the opportunity to show off our ideas for creating jobs and building new economic development models for rural and urban communities across our state and beyond.

Senator Dale Schultz Wisconsin state legislature site.

Wikipedia Dale Schultz

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection". Many thanks to DATCP Agricultural Development Division Administrator Mike Powers for a great visit.

In the photo above, Mike Powers is on the left, and former UW basketball player Dale Schultz is in the center.

Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen

Hodan Center

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