Local and state officials are encouraging farmers who sustained losses in the recent April snowstorm to report the damage to help assess whether to seek a disaster declaration.
The Kewaunee County Board’s Law Enforcement and Emergency Management Committee plans to discuss the storm’s local impact when it meets at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the county Administration Center, 810 Lincoln St., Kewaunee.
The three-day storm dumped up to 2 feet of snow on parts of Kewaunee County, and several barn roofs collapsed as a result of the storm April 13-15.
“Farmers were hit hard by the recent blizzard, and we want all farmers impacted to know that we hear you,” Gov. Scott Walker said during a visit to Northeast Wisconsin farms last week. “On top of reporting losses to their insurance companies, we encourage farmers who suffered damage from the blizzard to document it and report it to their local FSA office as they could be eligible for certain federal disaster assistance.”
The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says assistance may be available to farmers who lost livestock, grazing land and fences. There are also safety net programs, including the Livestock Indemnity Program and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish program.