While supposedly a regulatory arm of the State, a closer look will reveal that DATCP is actually a regulatory arm of big organic agribusiness.
Organic Valley, the USDA, DATCP, and the various certification agencies oblige farmers to produce nearly as much paperwork as milk.
Cooperation between regulators and processor has become so commonplace in Wisconsin that DATCP employees and Organic Valley employees act in concert to ferret out producers who are selling fresh milk.
There's one more curious circumstance that supports critics who claim DATCP is acting to protect the profits of Wisconsin's giant organic agribusiness.
DATCP cannot fulfill its charter if it is acting in the interest of one business over others.
According to Leis, the Organic Valley Board of Directors is both pleased and supportive of her serving on the DATCP Board at the same time she's on the Organic Valley payroll.
The latest Organic Valley employee to gain appointment to DATCP is Miranda Leis, who was purportedly hired by Organic Valley to help with structure as the company grows.
In the interest of full disclosure, I'm a producer for Organic Valley, and I served briefly on the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council, a DATCP agency.
According to DATCP
, the guidebook is expected to provide a list of locations offering such alternative fuels as ethanol, biodiesel, methanol, natural gas, propane, electricity, hydrogen, coal-derived liquid and solar energy.
A recent DATCP
initiative resulted in the agency receiving more than $67,000 from USDA to work with the University of Wisconsin-Madison to develop emerging dairy markets in Guatamala and El Salvador, by conducting training workshops for influential dairy producers in these two regions.