DATCP Announces Details for WI Farm Support Program

MADISON – Following extensive discussions with agricultural stakeholders, the Wisconsin
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is announcing the
timeline and eligibility requirements of the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, which will
provide $50 million in direct aid payments to Wisconsin farmers who have experienced losses
due to COVID-19.
Applications for this funding, administered by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, will be
accepted starting June 15. Individual payments will range from $1,000-$3,500 and will be
issued after the application period closes on June 29. Wisconsin farmers with gross income
between $35,000 and $5,000,000 in 2019 may be eligible to receive a payment. Farmers are
encouraged to apply as soon as possible on or after June 15 to leave time for resolving any
potential issues in their application.
Eligible farmers should apply online through the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR):
https://revenue.wi.gov. The application link will be live on June 15. Farmers who cannot apply
online may request assistance by calling 608-266-2772. Spanish- and Hmong-speaking farmers
should call DOR at 608-266-2772 for assistance.
COVID-19 has presented a wide variety of new challenges to the agriculture industry. Since
the initial onset of the pandemic, Governor Tony Evers has repeatedly committed to using
funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for
direct payments to agricultural producers. In late May, the Governor announced plans to
provide $50 million in direct aid as requested by Wisconsin agricultural groups, as well as $15
million in support for food banks, pantries, and other food businesses that have faced hurdles
in adjusting to the pandemic. Print the Wisconsin Farm Support Press Release for this information.