The government shutdown has some farmers in Door and Kewaunee counties worried about when they will receive much-needed aid payments. Over 230 operations in Door and Kewaunee counties are due money from the United States Department of Agriculture from a $9.5 billion program aimed at mitigating the effect of retaliatory tariffs for several commodities. The shutdown is expected to put those payments on hold. Dave Jauquet’s farm, Jauquet Hillview Dairy in Luxemburg, is expecting a payment of almost $12,000 from the USDA. He says waiting for the payment will not make or break his operation, but understands many farmers could use the extra money.
According to information acquired by the Environmental Working Group, farmers in Door and Kewaunee counties will receive USDA payments ranging from over $81,000 to just $13. Jauquet says a good relationship with their lender and a revolving line of credit will help his farm and family get through another tough year for the dairy industry.