PPP Loan Forgiveness– Live webinar offered Dec. 11th on what farmers need to know

It’s year-end financial and tax planning time for a many Wisconsin farms, which means gathering all the receipts and documentation needed for the accountant or tax preparer. Farms that obtained a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan through an independent lender, administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), may also find this to be a good time to review the application steps for PPP loan forgiveness. Farmers with questions about making forgiveness applications can join a live web meeting on Friday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m.

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UW-Madison Extension presents farm viability webinar for farm succession professionals

Farmers may be “On the Fence” in this current economic climate. “On the Fence” means they are not sure which direction their business should be moving. Should they move forward and push through short-term cash flow issues? Or are they in need of protecting their equity for themselves or future generations? The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension is partnering with the Wisconsin Farm Succession Professionals Network (WiFSPN) to present a webinar that will focus on how to help farm clientele evaluate their farm’s long-term viability.

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New Wisconsin partnerships focus on farmer health and well-being

Ongoing economic conditions continue to take a toll on Wisconsin’s rural communities. These conditions have led to many concerns about the high levels of farm stress, health concerns, and increased suicide risk. UW-Madison Extension is working with partners to provide education, resources, and support to mitigate farm stress and reduce suicide risk in rural communities.

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SWIGG Study Update – Well sampling completed; analysis still ongoing

The Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology Study (SWIGG) of Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties completed its fourth and final round of private well sampling to identify fecal sources of contamination. The study began in late 2018 to assess private well water quality in southwest Wisconsin and determine probable sources of any contamination found.

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Extension launches new podcast about new and alternative crops

Agricultural diversification is a hot topic right now. The Cutting Edge: A Podcast in Search of New Crops for Wisconsin focuses on a single crop by interviewing researchers, growers, and movers and shakers behind each crop. Current episodes include information about hazelnuts, hops, industrial hemp, Kernza, malting barley, and prairie STRIPS. 

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National Farm Safety & Health Week 2020: Every Farmer Counts

National Farm Safety and Health Week is September 20-26, 2020 with a theme of “Every Farmer Counts.” We understood this clearly in early 2020 as we began to see lines at grocery stores and occasional shortages of food and other supplies as a result of challenges to our agricultural, food, manufacturing and distribution supply chains. We also witnessed the impact unique workplace health exposures had among migrant, immigrant, and other workers on farms and in related food and meat processing facilities and how illness connected to workplace exposure could affect all of us!

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