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Romanski: Sign-up Details on State Farm Payments Coming Soon
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/22/2020

Now that we know Wisconsin farmers will have the ability to apply for some of the funds the state received as part of the federal CARES Act, it will take a few extra days to determine how and when those producers can sign-up for financial assistance. Interim Agriculture Secretary Randy Romanski told farm reporters on Thursday that there will be a small window of opportunity for farm owners to apply for the newly announced Wisconsin Farm Support Program; and that the criteria for distribution will not be based on a first-come, first-served scenario.

"Clearly COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for all of us, but especially for farmers and those in the food supply chain," Romanski said. "Our agency is working directly with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue to find a way to get those dollars directly into the farmers pockets as quickly as possible."

On Wednesday, Gov. Tony Evers said $50 million in direct cash payments will go to farmers as part of the program, with an additional $15 million designated for the Food Security Initiative to help food banks and other non-profits provide food to those in distress.

Romanski says DATCP and DOR are working out the rules of eligibility for the assistance program and will soon announce details on where farmers can go to apply for financial aid.

Besides those in the dairy industry, the secretary noted that payments will go to a wide variety of farmers in the state ranging from corn and soybean producers to cranberry growers and livestock farmers.

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