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2150, 07 Feb 20

Will Brexit Benefit Wisconsin Exporters?

Hope so.

The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, which became official on Jan. 31, may prove opportunistic for Wisconsin’s trade industry, according to a Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) official.

Mark Rhoda-Reis, director of the International Agribusiness Center at DATCP, said Wisconsin hasn’t been as focused on the U.K. in the past because of the size of its market, but that could be shifting as the country breaks away from the EU.


In agriculture and food products alone, the U.K. imports about $55 million worth of goods from Wisconsin. Rhoda-Reis said there’s room for growth, because the U.K. imports several billion dollars worth of agriculture and food products — about 73 percent of which comes from the EU, he said.

“Wisconsin has a lot of room to grow in that, considering that we’re only $55 million of that several billion dollar import,” he said, noting there’s especially room to grow in soy sauce and yeast exports, as well as bull semen, wood, animal feed, meat and packaged vegetables.


2150, 07 February 2020


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    The socialist EU has been warring on WI for sometime.

    Glad UK put and end to this awful leftist war on WI!

    Let’skeep it going!

  2. dad29

    Will Brexit benefit Wisconsin?


    Trump is negotiating this.

  3. Le Roi du Nord

    Fact: In 2018 WI exported $4.2 BILLION of goods and services to the EU.  Hardly a “war on WI”.

    Source: Office of the US Trade Representative (Executive Branch).

    But don’t let facts get in your way, k.

  4. Kevin Scheunemann


    Should it be $7 billion?

    Just laying a number out there does not mean EU is not choking WI exports.

    When you misuse facts,you are dishonest.

  5. Le Roi du Nord


    Could you describe the misuse of facts?? And cite any facts you provided. Using the truth would be helpful.

  6. Kevin Scheunemann


    EU has long been restrictive bastards to dairy products as a whole.

  7. Le Roi du Nord

    Oh k:

    And the US has restrictive tariffs on EU dairy. Your double standard panties are showing again. As is your lack of proof of any misuse of facts on my part.

  8. Jason

    None of what you have responded has refuted K’s statement.  Sorry bubba, your windmills aren’t hitting anything.

  9. Kevin Scheunemann


    Typical communist apologist.

  10. jjf

    Kevin, even the communists aren’t communists any more.

  11. Le Roi du Nord

    How so, k?  Fact? Or just another ill-informed and fact-free swipe at something you won’t take the time to understand?

  12. Kevin Scheunemann

    I could tell you to look up the ridiculous EU regs on dairy import, but you both are clearly in favor of defending leftist EU oppression…not sure defenders of EU thugs can be educated.

    If you 2 ran a country, I’d Brexit….and probably not as peaceably as Britian.

  13. Le Roi du Nord


    I did, that is why I’m calling your bluff.

    If I ran a country there would be educational standards that you couldn’t meet, and a definite separation of church and state.  And your terrorist proclivities (“and probably not as peaceably as Britian (sic)”) would cause you legal problems.

  14. Kevin Scheunemann

    Why do you think there are no DQ’s in Europe?

    (Hint and we manage to be in Middke East and nealy all Asian nations…)

  15. Le Roi du Nord

    Based on my time in Europe, I’d say they value quality, use of quality local products, suppliers and retailers, over a price point.

    FYI:  The best ice cream I ever had was in a small mom and pop shop in suburban Munich.  Second best: Olsen’s in Chippewa Falls.

  16. Kevin Scheunemann


    That answer shows your utter ignorance of EU dairy regs….

  17. Le Roi du Nord

    No it doesn’t.  You asked a question, I answered.  Get over it.  Your intolerance won’t win many converts to your authoritarian mindset.

  18. Kevin Scheunemann


    Your answer was complete falsehood.

  19. Le Roi du Nord

    No, it wasn’t. Not in the least.  You just can’t abide any ideas/thoughts/opinions/facts other than your own.  How dictatorial of you.

  20. Kevin Scheunemann


    Great! What is your phone#?

    I want development at IDQ informed the EU will now let our dairy mix on continent to do business in Europe!

    Maybe you can explain it to the team of international lawyers that cannot pierce the socialst/communist EU regs on it.

    You are awful in your lies.

  21. Le Roi du Nord


    No little guy, you don’t get my phone number.

    And no, I never said anything about DQ going into the EU.  You are lying again. Does that make you feel more important?

    Where did I lie?

  22. Kevin Scheunemann


    Don’t walk back your comment at 10:18.   You were eloquent in your ignorance on the subject.

    I knew you would be a coward in talking to our international development people on this subject.   They have been wanting to put DQ units in Europe for quite sometime, but the EU dairy regs make it impossible.

    You are a typical leftist communist, refusing to acknowledge the regulatory problem…or any problem for that matter.

    I must really grind on you, sinning against your worship of the super state, which does no wrong from your perspective.

    I’ll accpet your apology at anytime for being awful, and dishonest, on this subject.




  23. Le Roi du Nord

    Nope, no need to walk it back.  Nowhere in that comment did I mention DQ getting into the EU.  You made that up.

    And am I wrong in my opinion as to the best ice cream I have eaten?    (DQ isn’t in my top 100).  Maybe instead of whining about the EU regs you should meet them.   You don’t want their product here (see tariffs), but you want your stuff there.  Kinda selfish of you, no?  Or maybe you could move to an EU country, take citizenship, and vote to change the rules.  You would even get better healthcare for less $$.

    Define a “leftist communist”  as opposed to a “rightist communist”.

    And once again, I don’t apologize for your shortcomings.


  24. Kevin Scheunemann



    You got caught in your awful analysis, now you are doing damage control.

    I dare you to give me your phone to IDQ R& D so we can hear your firshand thoughts on how these communist EU dairy regs don’t exist.


  25. Le Roi du Nord


    I said none of those things.  Does lying make you feel better about yourself, or is it something else?  Nature? Nurture?

  26. Kevin Scheunemann


    Talk to our international R&D department and tell them your 10:18 theory from 2/11 and they will laugh in your face.

    Their response will be, “We want to be in Europe, but EU dairy regs prevent us”.

    I dare you to call them with your dripping, foaming, communist, position that EU regs are harmless. It will be hilarious.

    Like Colin Kapernick, just do it!

  27. Le Roi du Nord


    “I dare you to call them with your dripping, foaming, communist, position that EU regs are harmless.

    I didn’t say that, you did.  So perhaps you should talk to DQ corporate and explain your self.

    Why must you resort to such transparently obvious lies to get your point across?  I said none of that, and anyone that can read can easily determine that I didn’t.  Yet you persist in dishonest hyperbole contrary to reality.  No surprise that you are full-throated trump supporter.  Birds of a feather, you know…..


  28. Kevin Scheunemann


    Shame you don’thave the courage of your convictions to talk to people who know what is really going on with oppressive communist EU.


    Don’t pontificate about things you don’t understand if you are not willing to follow up with what you say.

  29. Le Roi du Nord

    I didn’t make those claims, so if I called DQ HQ I would have to say that the claims were made by a deranged, intolerant, poorly socialized middle aged man that operates a DQ in EC WI.   I would even provide quotes, including all the accusations you make about potential DQ customers.    Wouldn’t bode well for you.

    You mean like how you pontificate on the age of the earth, climate change, politics, economics, or anything related to history, science, or common sense?  That what you are talking about?

  30. Kevin Scheunemann


    Nuts and bolts of your disinformation…IDQ will tell you it is EU dairy rules that keeps them and WI dairy products out because of the EU restrictions….which you denied was happening.

    I can’t make you face reality in your delusions.


  31. Le Roi du Nord


    I made no such claim.  I never opined as to why DQ was or wasn’t in the EU.

  32. Kevin Scheunemann


    That is just one example of how EU keeps WI dairy products out.

    You were in denial of the regulatory communism of EU, I had to slap you with a dose of reality in your fantasy world.

    You did not disappoint in your foolishness.

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