Erwin A. “Bud” Sholts


PO Box 232
Oregon, WI 53575
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Economist, Agricultural Development

Former Director of Agricultural Development and Diversification at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection. His responsibilities included agriculture development and diversification (ADD grant program, statewide aquaculture development, development of new uses (industry products from agricultural crops and commodities) and coordination of diversification assistance to farmers and small agribusiness. In 2001 retired from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection after 35 years. He currently manages his 110 acre farm in Dane County Wisconsin and is engaged in agricultural policy marketing and management consulting. Serves as Chairman of the North American Industrial Hemp Council, Inc. (NAIHC) and Director of Dane County Family Support Services, Inc., Senior Market Consultant to the US Biodiesel Systems, and organizing Director of the Southern Wisconsin Agri-Ventures Group. Formerly served as Chairman and Director of the National New Uses Council, Inc. (NUC); Director and Chairman of the National Association of State Aquaculture Coordinators (NASAC), Director of the World Dairy Expo (WDE), Director of the World Beef Expo (WBE) and served as Secretary of the International Chamber of Agriculture (ICA). He received his B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MS degree in Agricultural Economics and Finance from the University of Arizona.