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Grant, Dane Counties Received Most Farm Support Funding
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/31/2020

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue has released more information on where the $41.6 million in grant money went to in the recent Wisconsin Farm Support Program disbursement. According to an interactive online map posted by the agency, Grant County led the state in the total number of winning applicants at 745. That was followed by Dane County with 579. Producers of various farm commodities in those two counties received $2.61 million and $2.02 million, respectively.

There were eight other counties that received more than $1 million in funding. They include Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Marathon, Rock and Sauk Counties.

Gov. Tony Evers announced earlier this week that nearly 12,000 Wisconsin farms met the eligibility requirements for the program, in which each received $3,500.

Though $50 million was available for the program, there were not enough applications submitted to use up the amount designated. As a result, a second sign-up will be held August 10-24 in order to disburse the remaining $8.4 million.

The program was established at the request of state farm organizations that urged Gov. Evers to help farmers facing financing hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Producers of any farm commodity who had a gross income between $35,000 and $5,000,000 in 2019 were eligible to apply. The second round is open to farmers whose gross income fell between $10,000 and $5 million.

The map can be accessed at: https://public.tableau.com/profile/research.policy#!/vizhome/FarmSupport/Map

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