Areas in Wisconsin have experienced drought this year. Below are resources that may be helpful to producers impacted by these conditions.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued drought designations for counties across Wisconsin. For more information on which counties have been designated and how to access resources such as emergency loan assistance, contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. More information is also available on the USDA FSA news release webpage.
The University of Wisconsin - Madison Division of Extension provides resources to farmers including webinars, information on how to manage crops in drought, and more.
Beginning August 1, 2023, landowners with eligible Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) easements can request a temporary conservation plan amendment to allow for emergency haying due to drought. This temporary amendment to the conservation plan allows landowners the option to harvest one cutting of hay outside the primary nesting season and will be valid for 90 days from the date of State approval.
The Wisconsin Farm Center is available to answer questions, connect farmers to resources, and offer its Farmer Wellness Program to help those impacted by drought manage the corresponding stress. Contact the team at (800) 942-2474 or email@example.com for more information.
DATCP's Bureau of Consumer Protection is cautioning farmers to be aware of scammers. In Missouri, there have been at least 12 complaints from farmers who have responded to a fake advertisement on social media and were told to wire money to a bank account before delivery. However after sending the money, the hay was never recieved. Farmers are encouraged to know or research their sellers, only use trusted forums to secure hay and other supplies, and remember that if a price sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you believe you are a victim of a scam, report it to DATCP's Consumer Protection Hotline at DATCPHotline@wisconsin.gov or (800) 422-7128.
ReadyWisconsin also has drought resources including what to do before, during, and after a drought.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is providing information available for drought and heat-related impacts on human health including signs and symptoms, actions, and other resources.