Wisconsin Examiner

Evers Thanks USDA For Help With Emergency Drought

27 counties, including Milwaukee, designated as natural disaster area, with help extended.

By , Wisconsin Examiner - Jul 24th, 2023 05:26 pm
The Wisconsin Drought Map shows much of the state under drought conditions. (U.S. Drought Monitor)

The Wisconsin Drought Map shows areas of ‘extreme drought’ in red and ‘severe drought’ in orange. (U.S. Drought Monitor)

Gov. Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Randy Romanski thanked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the support available to Wisconsin farmers after USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s declaration of emergency drought conditions in 27 counties.

A dry summer in Wisconsin has caused moderate to severe drought conditions across the state, with the area surrounding Dane County and parts of northern Wisconsin being the most affected. Vilsack has designated 27 counties as natural disaster areas, which allows the USDA Farm Service Agency to extend emergency credit to producers recovering from the conditions.

“We’re continuing to do everything we can to support our farmers and their families, and we appreciate the help from our federal partners and USDA Secretary Vilsack to support our state’s farmers and our local communities during the recent drought conditions,” said Evers on Friday. “I encourage eligible Wisconsin producers to access these critical resources that are available through this designation, including assistance like emergency loans.”

Recent rains have lessened the drought in parts of the state. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 82% of the state is in some sort of drought conditions, down from 90% the week of July 10.

Evers thanks USDA for support through emergency drought declaration was originally published by the Wisconsin Examiner.

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