U.S. Rep. Kind: Office here to help Wisconsin farmers dealing with crop loss from severe weather

Contact: Sarah Abel

Phone: 202-225-5506

Sarah.Abel@mail.house.gov

La Crosse, WI—Rep. Ron Kind is encouraging folks to contact his office for help securing assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) following months of extreme weather—including flooding, freezing rain, and extreme cold—that has caused crop loss for farmers in Wisconsin.

At the end of July, the USDA announced that farms in the primary counties and those counties contiguous to such primary counties may be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), including FSA emergency loans. The programs available to farmers can only be utilized if the Farm Service Agency has the proper documentation of the severity of damage to their farms, Rep. Kind’s office can help ensure that they have all proper paperwork prepared.

Farmers impacted by the severe weather between January 1st and May 31st in the following counties may be eligible:

Primary Counties:

Chippewa

Dunn

Eau Claire

Pierce

Portage

Wood

Contiguous Counties:

Adams

Buffalo

Jackson

Juneau

Pepin

A list of county Farm Service Agency offices can be found here.

Rep. Kind’s office can help Wisconsinites work with federal agencies after flooding and severe weather. More information can be found by calling toll-free: 1-888-442-8040 or by visiting kind.house.gov. Residents are also encouraged to report damage to homes and property by calling 211, or their county emergency management offices.

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