$41.6M farm support program opens second round

The Wisconsin Farm Support Program, a joint program between the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR), has distributed a total of $41.6 million to nearly 12,000 Wisconsin farmers with each recipient receiving a $3,500 payment.

Mink farming industry warned of COVID-19 risks

Animal health officials in Wisconsin are warning the state’s $223 million mink industry farmers about the risk of COVID-19 infections among animals after multiple European farms have reported outbreaks.

World Dairy Expo canceled

The World Dairy Expo, an event that draws more than 62,000 attendees from nearly 100 countries, has been canceled for 2020.

Thinking outside the bin

By government and public health decree, nonessential businesses including dine-in restaurants, bars, and food services were forced to close in mid-March until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Almost overnight, one Madison-based wholesale distributor catering to the restaurant and food service industry saw a 90% drop in its clientele due to circumstances beyond its control.

Groomed for growth

Serenity Pet Salon & Spa is a dog-only grooming startup owned by Lis De Souza. Until forced to close in March, the business was gaining clients every year.

Weathering the storm

Champing at the bit to get their fields planted, farmers are crossing their fingers that the 2020 crop will be a good one with plenty of sunshine and soft rains. Getting on a tractor these days can be a therapeutic respite from the global and deadly coronavirus (COVID-19), just another hit farmers must endure through no fault of their own.

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