The Dairy Business Association wants you to have the most helpful and reliable resources to manage the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have these important developments to share.
State issues guidelines as businesses begin reopening
The state has issued guidelines to help farms and other businesses safely continue operations as recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic begins. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) compiled a series of industry-specific documents that cover things like employee health, visitor policies and business contingency planning. WEDC worked with the state Department of Health Services; Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; Department of Tourism; and regional economic development partners. Click here for the WEDC’s main web portal. Click here for the guidelines specific to agriculture.
This resource will help you manage Paycheck Protection Program loans
If your farm or other business received a Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, you should take steps to ensure that the loan will be forgiven. Our partners at the law firm Michael Best created an easy-to-understand memo to help you manage your PPP funds. The memo covers topics such as allowable uses and calculating loan forgiveness. You can find the memo by clicking here. SBA’s regulatory framework is often updated, so please make sure all guidance that you refer to is the latest information.
DBA working for direct farmer assistance from state
The DBA government affairs team continues to work closely with Gov. Tony Evers’ administration and lawmakers to try to get additional assistance for farmers and the food supply chain. Together with other agricultural groups, we sent a formal request to spend some of the money that the state will receive under the federal CARES Act to support farmers. Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) leadership has convened a group, including DBA, to discuss what this assistance package might look like. We prepared a detailed joint plan on how the payments can be structured. As our state economy begins to reopen, we know that agriculture must be successful for the rest of Wisconsin to succeed.
USDA awards $317 million in dairy purchases
The Agriculture Department has awarded $1.2 billion in contracts to purchase dairy products and other food for struggling Americans. DBA, along with several other Midwest dairy groups, advocated for the purchases as part of the federal government’s response to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the amount, $317 million will be used for milk and other dairy foods. Under the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, the items will be packaged in family-size boxes for distribution at pickup sites as early as this week. View press release.
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