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State farmers averaging $2,145 from farm bailout program

Posted: 11:07 AM, Nov 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-29 17:07:16Z
State farmers averaging $2,145 from farm bailout program

Wisconsin farmers will receive about $10 million in federal money from the farm bailout program.

U.S. Department of Agriculture data obtained by the Washington non-profit Environmental Working Group shows the average payment for Wisconsin farmers from the Market Facilitation program is $2,145. 

The Journal Sentinel reports 11 farms received more than $50,000 each, while 237 farms got less than $100 and a few thousand more received an amount somewhere in between.

Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy LLC was the top recipient of the USDA payments in Wisconsin. The Kewaunee farm received about $81,000.

The bailout program is designed to help farmers who have seen prices for their goods tumble as a result of President Donald Trump’s trade battles with Canada, Mexico, China and other countries.