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Walker appoints interim agriculture secretary

Wisconsin State Farmer
Fox River Valley Ethanol President and General Manager Neal Kemmet (left) answers a question from Wisconsin Deputy Ag Secretary Jeff Lyon during a Wisconsin Agri-Business Association Tour at the ethanol production facility last fall. Lyon has been tapped as the interim ag secretary.

MADISON (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker has appointed the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's second-in-command to secretary on an interim basis.

Walker's office announced Friday,, Aug. 11,  that DATCP Deputy Secretary Jeff Lyon will take over as interim secretary beginning Monday.

He'll replace Ben Brancel, who announced last month that he will retire to spend more time on his family's farm in Marquette County.

Brancel's retirement will become effective on Sunday, Aug. 13.