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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Tony Evers has picked an attorney for an organic farming cooperative to serve as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's new leader.

Evers said Thursday that he has appointed Melissa Hughes to replace Mark Hogan as WEDC secretary. Hogan was appointed by former Republican Gov. Scott Walker but stayed on the job after GOP lawmakers blocked Evers from naming a successor until after Sept. 1.

Hughes has served as chief mission officer and general counsel for Organic Valley/CROPP since 2003. The Vernon County-based organization represents about 1,800 organic farmers in 36 states. The cooperative produces a variety of organic foods, including organic milk, soy, cheese and eggs.

She will start Oct. 1. Her appointment is subject state Senate confirmation but she can serve until the body votes to reject her.

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