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June 5, 2020


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June is a time to celebrate the dairy industry that gives us so much! Thank you not only to all the dairy farmers in the 51st Assembly District, but to all the farmers feeding the world.


Details on Farmer Assistance Payments Announced

The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has released additional details on Wisconsin's $50 million farm support program. Applications will be accepted starting on June 15th and and ending June 29th. Wisconsin farmers with gross income between $35,000 and $5 million in 2019 will be eligible to receive payments ranging from $1,000 to $3,500. DATCP notes that farmers should apply as soon as possible to allow for time to resolve any potential issues in their application.

Click here to view the release and additional information on how to apply for these grants.

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Small Business Assistance

The application window for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's "We're All In" Small Business Grant Program will be open for one week beginning at 8:00AM on Monday, June 15 and ending at the end of the day on Sunday, June 21. Wisconsin-based businesses with 20 or fewer full-time employees and less than $1 million in annual revenues will be eligible to apply for $2,500 grants to cover business operating costs.

Click here to view frequently asked questions about the grant program.


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Coronavirus Update


As of June 4, The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has received 291,367 negative test results and 19,892 positive test results for COVID-19. Of those who tested positive for the virus, 2,739 (14%) were hospitalized. The most up-to-date testing information can be found here.


The Department of Health Services has launched a website that shows community testing locations around the state. The searchable map, updated daily, allows users to locate their nearest testing location.


If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 click here to complete an online screening and receive feedback from a medical professional.


State Updates:

Federal Updates:

Business Owners:

  • Today, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) to address concerns expressed by the small business community around the Paycheck Protection Program. Changes to the program include an extension to the time period to use funds and an extension to the repayment term. More information can be found here.


  • UW-System President Ray Cross sent a letter to Governor Evers and legislative leadership on Wednesday asking for a special session to help address the financial and planning challenges the UW-System will likely face in the 2020-21 academic year.


  • The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has announced that state campgrounds will reopen on Wednesday, June 10.



Other Developments:

Best Practices:

The Centers for Disease Control have posted the following tips to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

More information on coronavirus from the CDC can be found here

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Operation We Love Our Troops

This week, my staff packed care packages to ship to our troops overseas. The boxes were filled with food and personal care items as part of "Operation We Love Our Troops" to show our support for our military personnel. Thank you to all who serve!

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Wisconsin Free Fishing Weekend

Spend some time outdoors and take advantage of Wisconsin's Free Fishing Weekend! On June 6th and 7th, all waters across Wisconsin will be open for free fishing - no license required. If you choose to take advantage this weekend, remember that all usual regulations will remain in force. Click here for to visit the DNR website for additional information.

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How You Can Help

  • Support Local Business - Do your part to make sure your favorite spots are around when we get through this. Many restaurants are offering generous discounts and providing pick up and delivery service. Call your favorite spot to see what they are offering and tip a little more than usual as restaurants are serving fewer people. If you prefer to dine in, consider purchasing a gift card for later use. The Wisconsin Restaurant Association is compiling a list of restaurants remaining open for pick up and delivery. If you are a restaurant owner or you know of a restaurant offering these services, feel free to add their information.


  • Give Blood - The American Red Cross reports that they are facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during the coronavirus outbreak. Click here to learn more about how you can donate and locate a blood drive taking place in our area.


  • Give to Food Banks and Delivery Services - Organizations like Feeding America and Meals on Wheels are in need of donations and volunteers to provide food to those in need during this difficult time. Charity Navigator has also compiled a list of trustworthy charities in need of resources. Below is a list of food pantries in and near the 51st Assembly District:
    • Iowa County Food Pantry (Dodgeville) - Facebook Page
    • Green County Food Pantry (Monroe) - Phone: (608) 329-7511
    • St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry (Monroe) - Phone: (608) 329-7837
    • Sauk Prairie Area Food Pantry (Sauk City) - Phone: (608) 571-7737
    • Reedsburg Food Pantry (Reedsburg) - Phone: (608) 524-6272
    • Spring Green Community Church Food Pantry (Spring Green) - Click here for website.
    • Mazomanie community Food Pantry (Mazomanie) - Facebook Page
    • Heights Unlimited Community Resource Center (Black Earth) - Click here for website
    • Southwest CAP's Food Pantries - Click here for a list
    • Lafayette County Food Pantries - Click here for a list

 *Please reach out to my office using the information at bottom of this newsletter if you are aware of additional pantries not included on this list.*

  • Volunteer - Volunteers are needed to staff shelters and provide food delivery services throughout the state. United Way Wisconsin has provided a dashboard to connect volunteers with organizations looking for help. Click here to view.

Stay Well and Be Safe!