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Nearly Half of Farm Support Applicants Were New Qualifiers
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/28/2020

Wisconsin's agriculture secretary says almost half of the applicants who signed up for the second round of funding under the Wisconsin Farm Support program were only able to do so because the income eligibility requirements were lowered. During a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Randy Romanski said 4,672 farmers applied for the program in the latest sign-up, where $8.4 million was available to producers who were negatively effected by the coronavirus.

"Out of all the applications received, about 45 percent of the farmers fell in the new $10,000 to $30,000 income range," Romanski said. "Clearly there was an interest and a need in that range to get involved in the program as they were ineligible to apply during the first round."

During the first enrollment period held in June, applicants were only eligible to apply if their gross income fell between $35,000 and $5 million during the 2019 calendar year. As a result, there were not enough requests submitted to use up all of the $50 million that Gov. Tony Evers set aside for the program as part of Wisconsin's total share of the federal CARES Act.

Romanski says the Department of Revenue will review all of the applications and begin disbursing money in mid-September.

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