GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Dairy Business Association (DBA), Wisconsin’s leading dairy advocacy group, welcomed an announcement today that Wisconsin farmers will have access to $50 million more in assistance to help recover financial losses due to the pandemic.
Gov. Tony Evers said the money will be dispersed as direct payments through the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, which he created in 2020 when allocating $50 million to farmers from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The new funds will come from money allocated to the state earlier this year through the American Rescue Plan Act.
“We thank Governor Evers for understanding the conditions in agriculture and the harsh impact this pandemic has had on the farming community. Our farmers have remained committed to their vital purpose of producing food and we appreciate that the governor is showing a commitment to help,” said Amy Penterman, president of DBA, which represents dairy farms of all sizes along with related businesses throughout the state.
Evers said applications for the payments will open after the fall harvest. Details were not announced. In the first round of funding last year, each recipient received up to $3,500.
Tweet about this:
Dairy Business Association @DairyForward welcomes @GovEvers announcement of additional $50M in pandemic assistance to farmers https://bit.ly/3jYQsUQ #DairyForward
The Dairy Business Association is Wisconsin’s leading dairy advocacy group, championing smart and sensible regulations affecting the dairy community. The nonprofit organization is comprised of farmers, milk processors, vendors and other business partners who work collaboratively to ensure that dairy farms of all sizes have the support they need to keep America’s Dairyland strong. More information: www.dairyforward.com