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Statement Of CALS Dean Molly Jahn On The Death Of Rod Nilsestuen

MADISON – Here is a statement from Molly Jahn, dean of the University
of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences,
regarding the death of state Department of Agriculture, Trade and
Consumer Affairs Secretary Rod Nilsestuen:

“We were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Rod
Nilsestuen, our outstanding secretary of agriculture, trade and
consumer protection. Rod was both a visionary leader and a friend
whose humor, generosity and spirit will be profoundly missed. On
behalf of the thousands of University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty,
staff, students and alumni who benefited from Rod”s leadership and
friendship, I join our university leadership in extending our
condolences to Rod”s family and friends and share in mourning a great
loss for Wisconsin.

“I met Rod within days of my arrival in Wisconsin, and I relied often
on his experience and guidance. He was an unfailing partner for the
University of Wisconsin-Madison, the College of Agricultural and Life
Sciences and UW-Extension, and more broadly a tremendous steward of
Wisconsin”s agricultural industries. Rod”s dedication to creating a
vibrant, robust agricultural economy for Wisconsin was absolute, and
he never wavered from his promise to serve Wisconsin”s citizens and
communities. His passionate commitment to protecting and enhancing our
working lands has made a historic impact on the state that will leave
a towering legacy of his influence.”