Boise--The Idaho Department of Agriculture has big shoes to fill after longtime Dairy Bureau Chief Marv Patten announced he's retiring May 19th.
After 40 years with the Department, Patten will take two weeks off before he starts work with the Milk Producers of Idaho, starting June 1st.
The Milk Producers of Idaho board released a statement on Friday. “Many of us have appreciated and relied on Marv’s wise counsel over the years as he has worked to help us comply with the growing regulatory requirements our industry faces." In 1977 Patten began employment with Idaho State Department of Agriculture. In 1983 Patten obtained his USDA credentials for grading cheese & butter, powder sampling and plant survey inspections and in 1984 Patten became the Dairy Bureau Chief at the Idaho Department of Ag. From 1991 to 1992 he became president of the Dairy Division of National Association of state department of Agriculture.