Mar 04, 2014

Koepke ELECTED VP of Ag Board

Waukesha County farmer John Koepke, a longtime supporter of farmland preservation efforts, has been elected vice present of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Citizens Board. Koepke farms with his family in the town of Oconomowoc. He has been active on farmland protection at the local and state level, including his work on the DATCP board and the Friends of Farmland Protection.  The Koepke family received the 2011 Leopold Conservation Award from the Sand County Foundation and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation (WFBF) for their commitment to land stewardship. They milk 300 cows, plant crops on 1,000 acres of land and oversee another 150 acres of woods and wetlands.

Koepke replaces Dick Cates as vice president. Cates, who lives and farms in Iowa County, is also a longtime farmland protection advocate. He resigned from the board to seek the 51st Assembly District seat in the state Legislature.