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USDA Approves Natural Disaster Designation
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved Wisconsin’s request to declare 24 Wisconsin counties as natural disaster areas, including Pierce County.   The combined effects of excessive rain and snow, and the multiple periods of thawing and refreezing have resulted in winterkill and loss of crop, according to the USDA. 
 
There are multiple resources available for farmers to aide them because of this declaration.  Farmers impacted by the adverse weather conditions have eight months to apply for emergency loans through the Farm Service Agency (FSA).  Emergency loan funds may be used to restore or replace essential property, pay all or part of production costs associated with the disaster all year, and pay essential family living expenses.  Contact your local FSA office to learn more about the program and information you will need to complete an application.
 
Another resource that may be helpful is the Farmer to Farmer program provided by UW-Extension.  This program puts Wisconsin farmers in touch with one another and is provided free of charge so you can search for hay, alfalfa haylage, corn silage, high moisture corn, corn grain, and other forages if you have experienced crop loss. 
 
You can visit Wisconsin FSA’s website for more information here and access the Farmer to Farmer page here.