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Wisconsin Farm Support Program Helps Farmers Cover Losses

The Wisconsin Farm Support Program, a joint program between the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR), distributed $8.4 million to more than 3,300 Wisconsin farmers in the second round. The second round of funding was open to farmers whose gross income from farming in 2019 was between $10,000 and $5 million. “In this round, almost 60% of funding recipients reported a gross income from farming of less than $40,000,” said DATCP Secretary-designee Randy Romanski. “Clearly, there was a need for additional support among Wisconsin’s smaller farm operations.” In total, the Wisconsin Farm Support Program utilized $50 million of the state’s CARES Act funding to quickly provide direct support to help cover economic losses during the pandemic.