By Tim Kowols
Even with the snow mostly gone, farmers are still trying to dig themselves out from the aftermath of Winter Storm Evelyn. According to the USA Today Network, Governor Scott Walker plans on asking for federal disaster assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture for damaged farms. While some farms have obvious damage like collapsed barns, others like Haberli Farms in Egg Harbor have less notable but equally disastrous issues. Melting snow has flooded their feed gutter system, causing cows to eat less food and develop mastitis. Owner Joe Haberli says with commodity prices where they are, any assistance would be helpful.
Farmers are encouraged to keep stock of the damage caused by the winter storm and contact their U.S. Farm Services Agency representative to see what programs may be available.