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Remaining Wisconsin Farm Support Funds Disbursed
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/22/2020

More than 3,300 Wisconsin farmers received a total of $8.4 million in the second round of the state's Farm Support Program during September. That's according to State Agriculture Secretary-designee Randy Romanski, who announced on Monday that $50 million has been distributed to more than 15,000 producers across the state between both sign-up periods.

"In this round, almost 60 percent of funding recipients reported a gross income from farming of less than $40,000," Romanski said. "Clearly, there was a need for additional support among Wisconsin's smaller farm operations. We are glad that this second round was able to provide that support."

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 money Gov. Tony Evers set aside for the program as part of Wisconsin's total share of the federal CARES Act.

Grant County received the most in support funding under the WFSP, where 984 farmers shared $3.17 million. That was followed by Dane County with $2.36 million between 709 recipients. Sixteen other counties qualified for more than a million dollars. They include Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Dunn, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Marathon, Outagamie, Pierce, Rock, Sauk, Trempealeau and Vernon.

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