Aid to Wisconsin farmers, renters due to pandemic announced

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Tony Evers has announced programs for farmers and to help cover rent for Wisconsin residents who lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Funding for the programs announced Wednesday comes from the federal coronavirus relief bill.

There is $50 million for the farmer aid program, $25 million for rent assistance and another $15 million for food banks and others fighting hunger.

Money available under the program can be used to help pay for rent and security deposits.

To qualify, an applicant must be a Wisconsin resident with a household income at or below 80% of the county medium income.

Assistance can be up to $3,000, which is paid directly to the landlord on behalf of the tenant.

Evers says payments to farmers could start as soon as next month.

Announcement of the program came on the same day that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden held a virtual round table in La Crosse focused on rural issues.

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