Ag Chat with Scott Schultz- June 8

Published: Jun. 8, 2020 at 7:53 AM CDT
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More details have been finalized for the disbursement of $50 million in direct state aid to Wisconsin farmers. Individual payments for the aid will range from $1,000 to $3,500, and will be issued through an application period running June 15-29. State Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection officials announced Friday that farmers with gross incomes of $35,000 to $5 million in 2019 are eligible. Farmers are being encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the sign-up period starts to leave time for resolving any potential application issues before the June 29 end of the sign-up period. Eligible farmers should apply online through the state Department of Revenue, at Farmers who can’t apply online should call the Department of Revenue at 608-266-2772. The funding is being provided to help farmers who’ve had economic losses because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A Cadott farmer has been re-elected to lead one of the Upper Midwest’s largest livestock sales cooperatives. Les Danielson was named chairman of the Equity Livestock Sales Association Cooperative. Danielson represents District IV on the cooperative’s board of directors. Karl Merow of Sparta and Allan Cihlar of Mosinee also serve on that board. The cooperative is headquartered in Baraboo.

The Wisconsin Valley Fair at Wausau, among the state’s largest summer fair exhibitions, is among the latest county fairs that have been cancelled for this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The fair’s leadership announced the cancellation Friday on social media, saying they made the decision under guidance from county, state and federal health agencies. Information about the fair’s market animal show and sale and other youth and open judging events is expected to be released in the coming days.

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