Ripp appointed Wisconsin Assistant Deputy Ag Secretary

Keith Ripp

A Wisconsin legislator will become the Assistant Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.

Ag Secretary Sheila Harsdorf named Keith Ripp as her choice for the role Friday.  Ripp will step down as Wisconsin’s 42nd Assembly District Representative January 1st.

Ripp has served as a State Representative since 2008. While in the Assembly, he was chair of both the Transportation and Consumer Protection committees, vice-chair for the Committee on Local Government and a member of the Agriculture Committee.

Ripp has also served as a former president and vice-president of both the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board and the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association. He was also a former president and co-founder of Badger Agvest and Lodi FFA Alumni.

In a statement, the Lodi farmer says, “I am proud to be a Wisconsin farmer, and it is truly an honor to now be able to serve the agricultural industry as Assistant Deputy Secretary,” said Ripp. “I know DATCP has a wide range of responsibilities. I look forward to working with the agency’s knowledgeable staff to address challenges and take advantage of new opportunities.”

Ripp and his wife, Lori, raise livestock and grain on their family’s farm and they own and operate a small trucking business. Ripp is the father of three adult children and has two grandchildren.

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