Evers appoints Viroqua farmer to Wisconsin Natural Resources Board

MADISON (WKBT) — Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday he’s appointing a Viroqua farmer to the Wisconsin Natural Resources board.

Dairy farmer Paul Buhr will fill a vacancy left by William Bruins, who resigned at the end of 2022.

“Paul has deep roots as a Wisconsin dairy farmer and dedicated himself to ensuring our farmers and resources are getting the protection they need,” said Gov. Evers. “He is a strong advocate and champion for
land and water conservation, and he understands that protecting our environment and family farms is a priority for Wisconsin’s future. I look forward to working with him and have no doubt he will bring a vast amount of knowledge to the DNR board.”

Buhr is a UW-Plateville graduate who previously owned and operated Rabur Holsteins — a breeding herd of Holstein cattle — for 45 years.

“I am honored to represent the farmers of Wisconsin on the DNR Board,” said Buhr. “Preserving our natural resources while producing our food is a challenge and a goal of everyone in agriculture.”

Buhr currently serves on the Viroqua Area Foundation Board, the Wisconsin Mutual Insurance Advisory Board, the Vernon County Holstein Board, and the Wisconsin Technical College System Board. He will resign his position on the WTCS Board before taking his position on NRB January 20.