|Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection|
|1997 - 2001, January 3, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position (current service)||4|
|Years in position (previous service)||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Appointed by||Gov. Scott Walker (R)|
|Wisconsin State Assembly|
|1987 – 1997|
|Bachelor's||University of Wisconsin-Platteville|
|Date of birth||July 31, 1950|
|Place of birth||Portage, Wisconsin|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Appointments
- 4 State profile
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Brancel was born and raised in Marquette County, Wisconsin. He managed a dairy operation for 22 years and now runs a 290-acre family farm with his wife, son, and daughter-in-law. He previously served as Wisconsin Agriculture Secretary under Gov. Tommy Thompson from 1997 to 2001.
Brancel was then appointed as director of the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency by the Bush Administration, where he served until early 2009. Later that year he served as the part-time state relations liaison for the University of Wisconsin-Madison's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
- B.A., Animal science, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture (2011-present)
Brancel has served as Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection since January 2011.
Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture (1997-2001)
Brancel first served as Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture under Gov. Tommy Thompson from 1997 to 2001.
Wisconsin State Assembly (1987-1997)
Brancel was appointed as Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection by Gov. Scott Walker (R) in December 2010. Brancel stated, "I'm excited to have the opportunity to once again serve the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection community and work alongside Governor-elect Walker to grow Wisconsin's economy."
Wisconsin's population in 2013 was 5,742,713 according to the United States Census Bureau. This estimate represented a 1 percent change from the bureau's 2010 estimate. The state's population per square mile was 105 in 2010, exceeding the national average of 87.4. Wisconsin experienced a 1.5 percent increase in total employment from 2011 to 2012 based on census data, falling below a 2.2 percent increase at the national level during the same period.
Wisconsin fell below the national average for residents who attained at least bachelor's degrees based on census data from 2009 to 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 26.8 percent of Wisconsin residents aged 25 years and older attained bachelor's degrees compared to 28.8 percent at the national level. The median household income in Wisconsin was $52,413 between 2009 and 2013 compared to a $53,046 national median income. Census information showed a 13.5 percent poverty rate in Wisconsin during the study period compared to a 14.5 percent national poverty rate.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
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- Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
- Brancel's biography
- Ben Brancel on LinkedIn
- Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, "Secretary Ben Brancel," accessed September 4, 2011
- Wisconsin Ag Connection, "Brancel to Return to DATCP as Secretary, Stepp Leads DNR," December 30, 2010
- United States Census Bureau, "QuickFacts Beta," accessed March 24, 2015
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Wisconsin Election Results," accessed March 24, 2015
- The American Presidency Project, "Presidential Elections Data," accessed March 24, 2015
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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