Gov. Walker talks financial help for farmers

Posted: 3:37 PM, Apr 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-25 20:03:35-04

Even for longtime Northeast Wisconsin farmers, this is something new.

A major winter storm brought on hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.

"At least a half million dollars," Black Creek farmer Mike Birling said.

Birling lost a major section of a roof. Wednesday, Governor Scott Walker got a firsthand look. He is recommending farmers start seeking help.

"First and foremost, contact your insurance company, it's important to get agents and eventually adjusters out," Walker said.

Walker says the state will also likely ask the federal government for help.

"Collect information to keep track of all the costs not just in terms of damage done, but to try and assess as much of that as possible," Walker said.

The state is encouraging farmers to report any damages they know of now and continue doing so as they start learning more.

"Don't worry about what may or may not be covered, get as much information to your local farm service agent as possible," Walker said.

Birling says an insurance agent has been on site. He hopes they'll follow through.

"We have insurance, we have good coverage on our insurance so if they come through like they should we'll be all right," Birling said. "Right now they're telling us good things, as long as it holds true."