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Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1958
(1958)

The state government: administrative branch,   pp. [323]-484 PDF (46.9 MB)


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AGRICULTURE, DEPARTMENT OF
Offices and Laboratories: State Capitol - Administrative Division;
     Dairy and Food Division; Markets Division; Animal Health
     Division; Agricultural Statistics; Economic Practices Division,
     Weights and Measures Laboratory. Plant Industry Division
     and Dutch Elm Disease Laboratory, 448 W. Washington Avenue,
     Madison. Feed and Fertilizer Laboratory, Biochemistry Build-
     ing, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Seed and Weed Labor-
     atory, Agronomy Building, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
     Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, 2115 Linden Dr., Madi-
     son. Ring Test Laboratories: Amery, Black River Falls, Green
     Bay, Mineral Point, Watertown. Fairs: State Fair Park, West
     Allis. Dairy and Food Laboratory, Chemistry Building, Univer-
     sity of Wisconsin, Madison.
Publications: Biennial Report; Wisconsin Crop and Livestock Re-
     porter (issued in co-operation with U. S. Department of Agri-
     culture); Wisconsin Dairying; Wisconsin Licensed Veterinar-
     ians; Commercial Fertilizers; Directory of Wisconsin Dairy
     Manufacturing Plants; Commercial Feeds; State Fair Premium
     Lists; Fairman's Handbook.
         General Department Organization and Functions
   The Wisconsin State Department of Agriculture as we recognize
it today was established by a legislative act adopted in 1929. From
1929 to 1938 the department was administered by a 3-man com-
mission. Since 1938 a part-time policy board appointed by the
Governor and a full-time director have been responsible for the
administration of all the activities of the department.
   Department of Agriculture duties and functions are fourfold:
   1. Enforcement of the state agricultural laws and regulations.
   2. Service to all producers and processors of agricultural products
     as well as to the general consuming public.
   3. Promotion of Wisconsin's great agricultural industry and the
     products it produces.
   4. Information, including statistical data about the Wisconsin
     agricultural industry.
  In serving both the consumer and the producer, department activi-
ties extend into every phase of agriculture, namely: production,
manufacturing, assembling, inspection, grading, sanitation, adver-
tising, merchandising, wholesaling, retailing.
  To effectively perform these services the department has been
grouped into 8 main divisions: 1. Administrative; 2. markets;
3. dairy and food; 4. animal health; 5. plant industry; 6. eco-
nomic practices; 7. agricultural statistics; 8. fairs. Several sections
are grouped within each division and are responsible for a specific
part of department work.
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