DATCP’s Wisconsin Farm Center https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Growing_WI/FarmCenterOverview.aspx
DATCP Farmer Resources- https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/COVID19LivestockProducerResources.aspx
DATCP Resource Coordination Center: (608) 224-4875
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) https://wedc.org/essentialbusiness/
CFAP Rule Amended for Additional Funds
USDA unveiled additional assistance to certain pork producers and contract growers as part of the first two rounds of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to farmers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The direct, final rule is effective Tuesday, Jan. 19. The rule amends the CFAP 1 provisions to provide additional assistance for pork producers who previously applied for assistance during its application period.
Additional CFAP 1 payments are provided for hog and pig inventory owned between April 16, 2020-May 14, 2020, based on a rate of $17 per head. This results in a total CFAP payment rate of $34 per head, including the prior $17 per head payment for CFAP 1. Only producers who previously applied for CFAP 1 are eligible to receive this additional assistance. Eligible producers do not need to submit a new application or take any action. Producers are still subject to a $250K cap for all CFAP 1 payments.
The rule also amends the CFAP 2 provisions to provide assistance to certain pork contract producers, among other changes. Contract growers are eligible if they produced swine under contract in both 2019 and 2020, suffered a loss in eligible revenue from Jan. 1, 2020-Dec. 27, 2020, as compared to Jan. 1, 2019-December 27, 2019, and meet all other requirements for CFAP eligibility. Under this rule, a contract producer is one who grows or produces an eligible commodity under contract for or on behalf of another person or entity, and who does not have ownership in the commodity and is not entitled to a share from sales proceeds of the commodity. Swine and poultry contract producers were not covered under CFAP 1 or 2. Payments to eligible contract producers will be calculated by subtracting the contract producer’s eligible revenue from the time periods in the previous bullet points and multiplying the result by 80 percent. This calculation is subject to the availability of funds and will be factored, if needed. Contract producers are subject to a $250,000 payment limitation for all CFAP 2 payments, including payments received for other commodities not grown under contract. Sign-ups as part of CFAP 2 begin Jan. 19, through Feb. 26. To learn more or to apply, visit: https://www.farmers.gov/cfap/apply.
Experts featured on this month’s Pork Checkoff-hosted webinar shared considerations for pork producers related to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Here are the key takeaways.
- Two COVID-19 vaccines are authorized for use in the United States and additional candidates may be available soon.
- Food and ag workers are recommended to be vaccinated for COVID-19 along with other essential workers.
A communications toolkit from the CDC is available to help employers educate their essential workers about the COVID-19 vaccine.
- A pdf resource Eight Things Producers Should Know About The COVID-19 Vaccine is now available to download in English and Spanish.
As we approach peak influenza season and COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country, implementing employee health and safety precautions have never been more important. Please review the link below for recommendations regarding best practices for preventing the spread of both COVID-19 and influenza (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Below are the enclosed resources to help you communicate with farm personnel regarding important health and safety topics:
- Protect Worker Safety and Your Farm During COVID-19 (English)
- Preparing and Responding to a Positive Case on Your Farm (English)
- Preparing and Responding to a Positive Case on Your Farm (Spanish)
- 5 Ways to Help Keep People and Pigs Healthy Posters
6/8/2020 Weekly Update
5/26/2020 Weekly Update
CFAP main page: https://www.farmers.gov/cfap
CFAP for livestock producers: https://www.farmers.gov/cfap/livestock
Release regarding the Wisconsin Farm Support Program/sign up for updates: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/28c99f5
UW-Extension/Paul Mitchell COVID-19 resources page: https://aae.wisc.edu/pdmitchell/extension/covid-19-resources-for-wisconsin-farmers/
5/18/2020 Weekly Update
Assistance for Small Businesses
The Paycheck Protection Program is providing small businesses with the resources they need to maintain their payroll, hire back employees who may have been laid off, and cover applicable overhead.
• Top-line Overview of PPP PPP — Overview
• SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Report SBA PPP Loan Report Deck
• SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Report Round 2 – Updated 5/16 SBA-Paycheck-Protection-Program-Loan-Report-Round2
• Summary of Paycheck Protection Program Round 2 Data – Updated 5/19 • Summary of Paycheck Protection Program Round 2 Data
5/11/20 Weekly Update
Industry Outlook WPA Webinar COVID-19 Crisis
5/4/20 Weekly Update
NRCS Emergency Animal Mortality Management Information
- Voluntary Release of Information Form_EAM Initiative Specific
- Blank_EQIP_CCC1200 fillable
- WI EQIP Livestock Mortality Initiative Factsheet
4/27/2020 Weekly Update
Tyson- Washington Post A Delicate Balance: Feeding the Nation and Keeping our Employees Healthy
4/20/20 Weekly Update
Iowa State Webinar- Feeding and Nutrition FAQ sheet FAQ
Legislature files suit against stay-at-home order http://legis.wisconsin.gov/senate/13/fitzgerald/media/1402/20200421-supporting-memorandum-final.pdf
NPB COVID Safety Letter COVID Safety Letter
4/13/20 Weekly Update
Safer At Home Extended through May 26 Safer At Home Order #28
Wisconsin State FFA Convention Update FFA Convention Postponed
Wisconsin Coronavirus Response Bill Coronavirus Response Bill
Department of Transportation (DOT) -Emergency permits to help truckers respond to COVID-19 Emergency Order #24
Temporary Pesticide Applicator Certification – https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/News_Media/20200402PesticideCertOnline.aspx.
Department of Health Services- Get the Latest on COVID-19
4/6/20 Weekly Update
Proposed Migrant Emergency Order DRAFT PROPOSED emergency orders- migrant labor
Wisconsin Farm Center Wis.FarmCenter_04_07_20
SBA FAQ Sheet SBA Information
3/30/20 Weekly Update
DATCP, WEDC Notify Farmers of Federal Paycheck Protection Program- 4.3.20_DATCP_WEDC_Paycheck_Protection_Release
DeWitt CARES Act Resources & Practical Advice for Small Businesses and Nonprofits- CARES_Resources_Small_Business_Nonprofit_04_02_20
DeWitt- FFCRA Updates for Employers
DNR Response to COVID-19 Wisconsin DNR & COVID-19: We remain at your service through this emergency
NPPC- Cancels 2020 World Pork Expo
3/23/20 Weekly Update 3/23/20
Wis. Show Pig Release WPA_Show_Pig_Release_03_27_20
Member Alert COVID-19_Member_Alert_Lamb_03_25_20
Employee Template Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker Letter_Word Doc
Health Order Safer At Home Order – March 24 2020 – WI Gov Rel Update_ COVID-19
DeWitt Update DeWitt-WI-Gov-Rel-Update_-COVID-19-March-23-2020
The following resources have been vetted by the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board and made available to connect our industry with the best information the current situation, emergency planning tools, recommended control measures and talking points.
Pork Industry COVID-19 Talking Points
Coronavirus vs. ASF FAQ
Resources for Employers