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Cows stand in a pasture at Romari Farm in rural East Troy, west of Waterford. Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday named Dave Daniels, of Mighty Grand Dairy in Brighton, to be a member of the Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0.

MARSHFIELD — Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday named a rural Kansasville dairy farmer to be a member of the Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0.

Dave Daniels, of Mighty Grand Dairy in Brighton, is to join the task force’s second incarnation, the governor’s office said. The Dairy Task Force focuses on keeping the state’s dairy industry viable and profitable, according to a press release. Daniels is one of 14 individual farmers named to the task force, alongside eight allied organizations and nine milk processors and marketers from throughout the state.

Walker announced the task force’s appointees at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in Marshfield on Wednesday.

“The members of Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0 reflect the breadth and depth of the Wisconsin dairy industry,” Walker said in the release. “From dairy farmers to milk processors to allied organizations, the task force stands ready to discuss and recommend actions that will ensure our state’s proud dairy heritage remains strong moving forward.”

The first Wisconsin Dairy Task Force was formed in 1985 by the University of Wisconsin System and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The task force, over the course of 14 months, recommended 75 changes for the state’s dairy industry, many of which were implemented and have made lasting impacts, the release said.

“As Wisconsin’s dairy industry continues to face challenges, it is more important than ever that the industry as a whole works together to find ways to maintain our status as a leading dairy state,” said DATCP Secretary Sheila Harsdorf.

Dairy remains a massive force in the state, with 80,000 jobs and an annual $43.4 billion economic impact, the governor’s office said.

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