Sen. Smith Commends Governor Evers for WI Farm Support Program
MADISON – On December 20, Governor Tony Evers announced the grant recipients of the 2021 Wisconsin Farm Support Program. More than 20,000 Wisconsin farmers received a total of $50 million in direct aid payments during the latest round of the grant program.
In counties within the 31st Senate District alone, 3,048 farmers received a grant totaling more than $7.5 million.
“In times of adversity, farmers still provide for our communities. The Farm Support Program is just one way we, as a state, can give back to those who work tirelessly for others,” said Sen. Jeff Smith (D–Brunswick). “A big thanks goes out to Governor Evers for directing this aid to farmers here in western Wisconsin while they respond to unprecedented challenges and remain an agricultural powerhouse for our nation.”
This was Governor Evers’ Administration’s third round of the Farm Support Program. According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the first round of the Farm Support Program occurred in June 2020; during that time nearly 12,000 farmers received a total of $41.6 million in direct payments. The second round of the Wisconsin Farm Support Program to distribute the remaining $8.4 million closed on August 24, 2020.
“The Farm Support Program direct payments would not have been possible without Governor Evers’ leadership. I thank his Administration for all they’ve done to help Wisconsin’s farming community,” concluded Sen. Smith.