52 counties eligible to receive emergency funds for farmers to recover after April blizzard

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There’s some good news for farmers across the state.

Thursday Governor Walker announced that 52 counties could be eligible for emergency funds from the United States Department of Agriculture to help efforts to recover from the April snowstorm.

Almost two months after the April blizzard Jay Vomastic is still trying to find a ruby beneath the rubble.

Vomastic says he estimates the damage could’ve totaled $300,000.

But his insurance company is only covering about $91,000.

“Once we checked with the policy we thought we’d be fine with what we had for coverage, but now it’s become a struggle back-and-forth between the insurance company and what they want to pay for and what we’re actually going to get,” says Vomastic.

Vomastic lost six cows as a result of the April whiteout.

That meant decreased milk production and now he still needs to build another area for his cows to produce milk.

He says the emergency relief loans from the USDA could help.

“I’d be all in for applying for some if there something to be had,” says Vomastic. “Obviously we did suffer a loss. Every little bit helps, probably a tremendous amount if the insurance comes up short from what we had anticipated.”

The planting season was a successful one for the Vomastics.

But until more money comes in farm production won’t be the same.

“I’d just like to have a building back up here so we can continue to farm the way we were before.”

The counties included in the emergency relief area are Barron, Brown, Burnett, Door, Dunn, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jackson, Kewaunee, La Crosse, Marinette, Monroe, Oconto, Outagamie, Polk, Portage, Rusk, Sawyer, Shawano, Trempealeau, Washburn, Waupaca and Wood.

Boarding counties eligible include Adams, Ashland, Bayfield, Buffalo, Calumet, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Dodge, Douglas, Eau Claire, Florence, Forest, Juneau, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marquette, Menominee, Pepin, Pierce, Price, St. Croix, Sheboygan, Taylor, Vernon, Washington, Waushara and Winnebago.

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