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USDA invests $28 million in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/25/2023

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced more than $28 million in funding for Wisconsin farmers, producers, and rural communities. The funding will support a variety of projects, including upgrades to water and wastewater systems, construction of a new potato dehydration facility, and technical assistance for small businesses. "These investments will grow our rural economies, ensure Wisconsinites can lead safe, healthy lives, and set our communities up for success into the future," said Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).

The funding will be awarded to 11 cities, Tribes, companies, and individuals. Below is a list of the projects funded:

City of Augusta: $24,500 to purchase a law enforcement vehicle.

Top Tier Ingredients, LLC: $21 million to help finance a new potato dehydration facility in Hancock, Wisconsin.

City of Thorp: $1.8 million to upgrade the city's wastewater treatment plant.

City of Bloomer: $1.5 million to upgrade the city's water and sewer systems.

Ace Ethanol, LLC: $1.8 million to help two ethanol-production facilities in Wisconsin recover from unexpected market losses.

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians: $99,000 to provide technical assistance to tribal members and other area businesses.

Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation: $54,800 to provide technical assistance to small businesses in Chippewa County.

Joseph Dolle: $11,600 to install a 12-kW ground mount solar photovoltaic array on his grain farm.

John Sippl: $6,000 to install a 9.6-kW ground mount solar PV array on his cattle farm.

Aaron Wilhelm: $9,800 to install a roof mounted solar electric array on his small business.

Tres Comas LLS: $2.4 million to purchase and improve the Camp Lake Mason Campground in Briggsville, Wisconsin.

This funding is a significant investment in Wisconsin's rural communities. It will help to improve infrastructure, create jobs, and support small businesses.

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