The CARES law in figures
The bipartisan CARES Act provides support to farmers and rural communities in Wisconsin. Here’s how:
Relief for farmers and ranchers
- Dedicated $ 9.5 billion disaster fund to help farmers suffering financial losses from the coronavirus crisis, including targeted support to fruit and vegetable growers, dairy and livestock producers, and producers food, who have not received emergency assistance in the past.
- $ 14 billion to fund the Farm Bill’s agricultural safety net through the Commodity Credit Corporation.
- Eligibility for farmers and agricultural and rural businesses to receive up to $ 10 million in disruption of service loans from eligible lenders, including farm lending institutions, through the Small Business Administration. A rebate will be given for funds used for payroll, rent or mortgage and utility bills.
- $ 3 million to increase the capacity of the USDA Farm Service Agency to meet increased demand from farmers affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Help for small towns and rural communities
- $ 1 billion available in secured loans to help rural businesses weather the economic downturn.
- $ 100 billion to hospitals, health care providers and institutions, including those in rural areas.
- $ 25 million for telemedicine tools to help rural patients access medical care no matter where they live.
- $ 100 million for the expansion of high-speed Internet in small towns and rural communities.
- More than $ 70 million to help the US Forest Service serve rural communities and reduce the spread of the coronavirus through personal protective equipment for first responders and cleaning of facilities.
Protections for consumers and the food supply
- $ 55 million for inspection and quarantine at our borders to protect us from invasive pests and animal diseases.
- $ 33 million for overtime and temporary food safety inspectors to protect the U.S. food supply at meat processing plants.
- $ 45 million to ensure quality products and meat reach grocery stores through increased support for the Agricultural Marketing Department.
- $ 1.5 million to speed up EPA approvals of disinfectants needed to control the spread of the coronavirus.
Access to food for families
- $ 15.8 billion to fund changes to food aid in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This funding will help families facing challenges and help keep our agricultural economy and food processing sector functioning. With so many people preparing meals at home, restaurants and catering companies have slowed their orders to many processors in Wisconsin, and jobs are on the line. These changes will help process and distribute our high-quality food to consumers. consumers as part of their management of this public health crisis.
- $ 9 billion to fund improvements to child nutrition in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
- $ 450 million to provide food banks with additional resources for food and distribution.
- $ 100 million for food distribution in tribal communities to provide facility improvements, equipment upgrades and food purchases.