Feds Declare Ag Disasters in Wisconsin Counties

October 23, 2008

Federal agriculture officials have declared disasters in dozens of Wisconsin counties where floods and cold weather damaged crops. The designation makes financial assistance available to farmers, including low-interest loans.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s list includes 24 counties that were affected by this past spring’s floods, plus 15 contiguous counties. Also listed are 5 counties affected by combined frost, extreme cold and winterkill and 11 contiguous counties.

Eligible because of flooding: Adams, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green Lake, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Marquette, Milwaukee, Monroe, Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Vernon, Walworth, Waukesha and Winnebago. Contiguous counties eligible: Brown, Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green, Iowa, Jackson, Kewaunee, La Crosse, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Portage, Washington, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood.

Eligible because of effects of frost, freeze, extreme cold and winterkill: Burnett, Lafayette, Polk, St. Croix, and Door. Contiguous counties eligible: Burnett, Chippewa, Dunn, Grant, Green, Iowa, Pierce, Rusk, Sawyer, Washburn and Kewaunee.

Landowners in those counties are advised to contact the USDA Wisconsin State Farm Service Agency for more information.

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