COVID-19 Information

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the WSCGA is evaluating in-person activities on a case-by-case basis. 

  • WSCGA, WCREF, and WCB are transitioning events from virtual to in-person formats. Some events will be offered as hybrid.
  • The WSCGA Offices will be open, but hours may be limited.  
  • If you need to reach us, we will be available via email or telephone:
    • Tom Lochner:; 715-423-2070, ext 1
    • Alex Skawinski:; 715-423-2070 ext 2
  • Remember to protect yourself, your families and your employees by following Federal guidelines on hand washing, sanitizing, social distancing, etc. 


Useful websites:


CFAP2 deadline

WSCGA wants to remind members the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) is October 12, 2021. This program provides direct relief to producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

CFAP 2 will provide funding to eligible producers of certain row crops, livestock, dairy, specialty crops, aquaculture including cranberries.  All eligible commodities, payment rates and calculations can be found on CFAP 2 is a separate program from the first iteration of the program (CFAP 1) and growers must complete a new application to be eligible for payment for CFAP 2.

If you need one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process you can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer general assistance. This is a recommended first step before you engage the team at the FSA county office.  County offices are open.  Call ahead to check on hours of operation, speak with someone about the program and application process or to schedule an appointment.

Application Options
There are options for applying to the CFAP 2 program by the October 12 deadline:

  1. Using an online portal at This allows growers with secure USDA login credentials, known as eAuthentication, to certify eligible commodities online, digitally sign applications and submit directly to the local USDA Service Center.  
  2. Completing the application form using the FSA CFAP 2 Application Generator and Payment Calculator found at This Excel workbook allows you to input information specific to your operation to determine estimated payments and populate the application form, which can be printed, then signed and submitted to their local USDA Service Center. 
  3. Downloading the AD-3117 application form from and manually completing the form to submit to the local USDA Service Center by mail, electronically, or by hand delivery to an office drop box. In some limited cases, the office may be open for in-person business by appointment. Visit to check the status of your local office.

USDA Service Centers can also work with growers to complete and securely transmit digitally signed applications through two commercially available tools: Box and OneSpan. If you are interested in digitally signing your applications, you should notify your local FSA office when calling to discuss the CFAP 2 application process. You can learn more about these solutions at

More Information
To find the latest information on CFAP 2, visit or call 877-508-8364.

All USDA Service Centers are open for business to conduct business in person.  USDA FSA recommends that you call ahead and schedule an appointment.

Farm Workforce is Eligible for COVID Vaccine Beginning March 1

On Jan. 26, 2021, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services released their final list of those who will be eligible next to receive COVID-19 vaccine. After hundreds of public comments from the WSCGA, agricultural groups, farmers, farm workers and food production workers, DHS approved all “food supply chain” workers for the next vaccine eligibility phase, “Phase 1B,” which is expected to begin on March 1, 2021. The availability of vaccine on March 1 will depend on state supply, but food supply chain workers will be eligible for vaccine at that time.

According to the DHS, “food supply chain” includes:

1. agricultural production workers, such as farm owners and other farm employees;
2. critical workers who provide on-site support to multiple agricultural operations, such as livestock breeding and insemination providers, farm labor contractors, crop support providers, and livestock veterinarians; and
3. food production workers, such as dairy plant employees, fruit and vegetable processing plant employees, and animal slaughtering and processing employees.

Access to vaccine in your local area may be through your health care provider, your county public health department or through your local pharmacy. Currently, there is no statewide registration or sign-up for vaccinations, so we recommend that you contact your local providers to learn how you and your employees may be able to access vaccine when you become eligible on March 1.

COVID Resources for Harvest - Click Here

In partnership with UW-Madison Extension, we are sharing a list of measures to consider when planning for this year's harvest.


WSCGA Virtual Summer Meeting

This year's annual Summer Meeting was our most innovative and forward thinking yet. WSCGA members joined the annual Summer Meeting on August 12 via video conference. Topics included the Association's summer business meeting, timely educational presentations, and vendor lightning talks. We also incorporated an Associate Member Showcase in lieu of the traditional Summer Trade Show. Meeting materials, the video recording, and the presentation can be found at:

Wisconsin Farm Support Program- Phase 2
The Wisconsin Farm Support Program is a federally funded program that provides relief to farmers that suffered economic damages in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first round of payments was sent July 15 to qualified farmers with gross income of $35,000 to $​5,000,000. A second round of this program is being offered, with a sign up window from August 10-24. Apply online at:

Grower Update - Applications for Direct Aid to Farmers Accepted Through June 29

DATCP has released the details of the “Wisconsin Farm Support Program” – Direct Aid Payments for Farmers, which is a direct payment available to eligible farmers that uses $50 million of the funding that Wisconsin received under the federal CARES Act.  This program will provide between $1,000 and $3,500 in direct cash payments to eligible farmers to assist them with the economic impacts resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.  Eligible farmers must have at least $35,000 in gross farm income but not more than $5 million in gross farm income in 2019.  Payments will be determined on a sliding scale based on 2019 gross receipts. Applications for funds will be accepted from June 15 through June 29 using an online application through the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.


Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Safer at Home Order, posted 5/14/20
Attorneys Jordan K. Lamb and Wes Webendorfer, DeWitt LLP

On May 13, 2020, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin issued a decision declaring Emergency Order #28 Safer at Home Order (“Safer at Home”) “unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable.” The Safer at Home Order was issued by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee, Andrea Palm, and had extended Wisconsin’s Order through May 26, 2020. In its decision, the Court ordered that “there can be no criminal penalties for violations of [the] order.”

The result is that, at this time, in areas where no local government order is effective, the Supreme Court’s decision means businesses may open. However, the best practice for businesses choosing to open is to adhere to the Wisconsin Economic Development Commission’s Reopening Guidelines, which compile industry-specific advice for protecting the health and safety of employees and the public.

Further, the Court’s decision does not apply to Safer at Home’s closures of public and private K-12 schools. Therefore, all schools remain closed except for distance learning and virtual learning.

As indicated above, local governments have the power to issue their own orders closing businesses, limiting travel, and imposing other restrictions. The following local governments have already issued such orders and advisory guidelines:

  • Madison and Dane County Public Health issued an Order adopting all provisions of the Safer at Home Order until 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
  • The City of Milwaukee’s “Stay-at-Home” Order that was originally issued March 25, 2020, remains in effect until rescinded or modified by the Milwaukee Health Commissioner. The City of Milwaukee is currently working with nearby local governments in Milwaukee County on separate requirements for how businesses may be able to reopen.
  • Brown County issued an Order adopting the provisions of Safer at Home until May 20, 2020.
  • Rock County has issued a public health Order adopting the provisions of the state Safer at Home Order until 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26.
  • The City of Racine has issued an Order adopting the state Safer at Home Order until May 26, 2020.

Because we expect counties to continue to make individual decisions, we suggest that you check your county or municipal health department’s website to determine if orders are in place in your area.  You should continue to monitor the actions of those departments in the event any revised or additional orders are issued.

In accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision, Governor Evers has indicated that his administration will soon issue the framework for an emergency administrative rule to establish new state-level regulations to respond to COVID-19. The process to finalize and begin enforcement of an emergency rule may take several weeks and must involve the State Legislature.

If you have specific questions about the impact to your business of the Supreme Court’s decision or requirements of a local order, please contact Government Relations Practice Group Chair, Jordan K. Lamb at (608) 252-9358 or

Governor Issues Three-Phase “Badger Bounce Back” Plan For Opening Wisconsin, posted 4/23/20:
By Jordan Lamb, DeWitt LLP

On April 20, 2020, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued Emergency Order #31, the Badger Bounce Back plan, at the direction of Governor Tony Evers. Order #31 describes a three-phase plan for opening society. Nothing in Order #31 supersedes, alters or modifies Safer at Home Emergency Order #12 or Safer at Home Emergency Order #28, which are still in full force and effect. Rather, Order #31 is a guideline for reopening the state once measurable progress is made on specific criteria.

 Phase One

  • Permits mass gatherings up to 10 people;
  • Opens restaurants with social distancing requirements;
  • Removes certain restrictions for Essential Businesses and Operations;
  • K-12 schools to resume in-person operation; and
  • Child care settings resume operation.

Phase Two

  • Permits mass gatherings of up to 50 people;
  • Allows restaurants to resume full operations;
  • Opens bars with social distancing requirements;
  • Non-essential businesses resume operations with social distancing requirements; and
  • Post-secondary education institutions resume operations.

Phase Three

  • All business activity and gatherings resume with minimal protective and preventative measures in place for the general public; and
  • More protective measures for vulnerable populations.

For the state to progress through these three phases, the Department of Health Services will assess data relating to various criteria to determine when each phase may be implemented. The state must show progress on the criteria before a new phase is implemented. The criteria include the following:


  • Lab tests available to every Wisconsin resident with symptoms of COVID-19 with results reported to public health officials within 48 hours.
  • Conduct 85,000 tests per week, or about 12,000 a day.


  • Implement contact tracing by up to 1,000 people with the assistance of technology.


  • Build on systems used to track influenza and the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Procure PPE and supplies to support health care and public safety agencies.

Health Care Capacity

  • Assess the need for and readiness to support surge capacity for our healthcare system.


  • Downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses reported within a 14-day period.
  • Downward trajectory of COVID-19-like syndromic cases reported in a 14-day period.


  • Downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period.


  • Treatment of all patients without crisis care; robust testing programs in place for at-risk healthcare workers; and
  • Decreasing numbers of infected healthcare workers.

For questions relating to Order #31, or any other governmental orders regarding COVID-19, please contact Jordan Lamb at


Email from Cranberry Outreach Specialist, sent 4/17/20:

Hi again,

Two emails in two days is a lot, but I want you to be aware that farmers are specifically encouraged to take advantage of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, starting April 21. Some details are below.

Take care,

Extension Financial Capability Specialist Peggy Olive has summarized the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program and how it may apply to farmers.

  • Farmers, along with self-employed/1099-filers, are specifically mentioned in the PUA overview created by DWD.
  • Just yesterday afternoon, DWD posted a date – April 21st -- that individuals can start filing for the expanded PUA benefits. More information about PUA applications and benefits can be found on DWD.
  • Here’s the sticky point – Farmers, as well as other small business owners, can either apply for an SBA loan OR the can apply for unemployment benefits, but they cannot apply for both. People who could qualify for either program would need to crunch the numbers or work with their accountant to figure out which program/benefit best fits their situation. An article posted by NCSU, does a good job considering the breakeven financials that a small business might consider in making this decision, but cautions that the numbers they share are not definitive.  

Allison Jonjak
Cranberry Outreach Specialist 
University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension
400 Market St, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

Email from Cranberry Outreach Specialist, sent 4/15/20:

Hello all,

I sure didn't expect my first communication with you to focus on  'cranberries coping with covid-19', but we farm the ground we've got, not the ground we wish we had. You may be seeing some PPP information for your lenders, but scroll down if you want guidance on managing deliveries, your staffing plan, and the Families First Recovery Act.   Some info comes from Extension, some I wrote, and some are from  I want to make sure you have all the information you need to operate effectively and safely through this season, so if you have questions on any of it, give me a call. 

Financial impacts:
Farmer eligibility and sign up for the Paycheck Protection Program began April 3, 2020. This program provides forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. This can cover payroll, health insurance, local and state taxes, and even self-employment income (although that's more paperwork). 

The Families First Recovery Act specifies paid leave for people who need to stay home because of coronavirus exposure. The Act makes funds available for farms (and other employers) in need of it.

Employee Impacts:
What's your staffing plan if covid-19 hits your farm? Consider ways to reduce transmission risk on your farm while everyone is healthy, and make contingency plans in case extra help is needed.

How to operate safely:
Managing Visitors and Deliveries---a good plan for contact with the outside world can reduce your marsh's risk. Using cell phones and arranging product drop-off without contact is best. 

Employee Communication: 
You reduce your farm's risk when you encourage your employees to distance safely. These two guides from are not farm-specific, but one lists essential guidelines if someone needs to quarantine, and the other contains a list of questions you can ask your employees so you can assess their off-farm risk together. 

I'm looking forward to meeting you by zoom, phone, and email for now; and to learning all about your marshes as soon as we can do that safely! And until we can meet in person, take advantage of being outdoors, and be proud of your essential contributions to our state, and to the dinner tables of families throughout the world. 

Stay safe,

Allison Jonjak
Cranberry Outreach Specialist 
University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension
400 Market St, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences News Release, Posted 4/10/20:

UW–Madison diagnostic labs adjust, suspend services
Some of the services offered by the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s diagnostic laboratories have been temporarily adjusted or suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details are below.

UW Insect Diagnostic Lab
Open for insect/arthropod identification services for residents of Wisconsin. Digital photos are highly encouraged. Physical samples are still being accepted by mail only, but may experience delays. For information and updates, visit

UW Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic
Until further notice, the PDDC will not be accepting any physical samples for diagnosis. Customers are welcome to continue submitting questions and/or digital photos to the PDDC by emailing For information and updates, visit

UW Soil and Forage Analysis Lab
Testing of samples has been suspended. For information and updates, visit

UW Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab
No in-person sample drop offs will be allowed, and no in-person consultations will be conducted. Mailed samples only. For information and updates, visit

DATCP News Release, Posted 4/2/20:
Online Exam Available for Temporary Pesticide Applicator Certification
Release Date: April 2, 2020
Media Contact: Leeann Duwe, Public Information Officer
(608) 224-5130,

MADISON – A new online exam is available for individuals to become temporarily certified until October 31 as a commercial pesticide applicator. This video details how to sign-up for the exam, developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin – Pesticide Applicator Training Program:

Currently, the following categories are available:

  • Field and Vegetable Crops (Cat 1.1)
  • Structural Pest Control (Cat 7.1)

Additional categories will be available on the following dates:

  • April 6: Forestry (Cat 2.0), and Right-Of-Way/Natural Areas (Cat 6.0)
  • April 8: Turf and Landscape (Cat 3.0), and Aquatic and Mosquito (Cat 5.0)
  • April 10: Aerial (Sub Category 9.9) – requires certification with a base category (for
    example, Field and Vegetable Crops, etc.)

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) appreciates the agribusiness industry for their assistance during the test phase of the online exam. More information about the pesticide certification extension and frequently asked questions are available at To receive updates about certified pesticide applicator information and requirements, subscribe to DATCP’s email list.

As a reminder, DATCP has suspended in-person pesticide certification testing as of March 18, 2020. If your certification expires January 31-September 30, DATCP has extended your certification until October 31. You can continue to operate as a certified applicator until October 31.

Find more DATCP news in our newsroom, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

3/31/20: The U.S Chamber of Commerce has the latest resources, guidance and insights to assist employers with maintaining employees and keeping the doors open during this changeling time.  They specifically have resources and info for small business which is where the information below came from: 

The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, Posted 3/31/20: ​​

Provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, enabling the U.S. Small Business Administration to offer $7 billion in disaster assistance loans to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

What does it mean for small business?

    • The SBA is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses suffering substantial economic harm as a result of the coronavirus.
    • These loans may be used by small businesses to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and additional bills that can’t be paid because of COVID-19’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without other available means of credit. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%. Businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible.
    • The SBA loans come with long-term repayments, up to a maximum of 30 years, in an effort to keep payments affordable. Loan terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, according to individual borrower’s ability to repay.
    • The SBA has amended its disaster loan criteria to help borrowers still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters. By making this change, deferments through December 31, 2020, will be automatic. Hence, borrowers of home and business disaster loans do not have to contact SBA to request deferment.

What is a disaster relief loan?
The disaster loan program from the SBA is in place to provide economic relief to businesses impacted by natural disasters throughout the United States. The program is used extensively after detrimental events where businesses can receive low-interest loans to get back on their feet.

Since early March, this offering has been extended to small businesses across the nation that have had significant losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. These loans have a 3.75% interest rate for small businesses and a 2.75% rate for nonprofits, and are usually capped at $2 million.

    • How SBA disaster loans work: While you’ll be applying for a loan through the SBA, this loan program is a government-backed loan program. This means that while a normal bank will be providing you with a loan, the SBA will be guaranteeing that loan to the bank. It will cover the loss should your business be unable to pay back the loan to the bank. As you apply and learn more about the process, be prepared to work with other partners to find funding.
    • Eligibility: Due to the breadth and scope of COVID-19’s impact on the American economy, all U.S. small businesses are eligible for a disaster relief loan from the SBA. You can apply online to get started.

Disaster loans can be used to cover many business expenses, like payroll, accounts payable, equipment and machinery purchases, real estate payments and other bills you cannot pay because of COVID-19.​​



C​oronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), posted 3/31/20

The largest financial assistance bill ever, includes provisions to help small businesses.

Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program, one of the largest sections of the CARES Act, is the most important provision in the new stimulus bill for most small businesses. This new program sets aside $350 billion in government-backed loans from private banks that can, in some cases, be converted to grants, which means that if you meet the requirements you won't need to pay the loan back.

How does the program work?
Paycheck Protection loans will come from private banks. Currently, the SBA guarantees small business loans that are given out by a network of more than 800 lenders across the U.S. The Paycheck Protection Program creates a type of emergency loan that can be forgiven when used to maintain payroll through June and expands the network beyond SBA so that more banks, credit unions and lenders can issue those loans. The basic purpose is to incentivize small businesses to not lay off workers and to rehire laid-off workers that lost jobs due to COVID-19 disruptions.

What types of businesses are eligible?
The Paycheck Protection Program offers loans for small businesses with fewer than 500 employees, select types of businesses with fewer than 1,500 employees, 501(c)(3) non-profits with fewer than 500 workers and some 501(c)(19) veteran organizations. Additionally, the self-employed, sole proprietors, and freelance and gig economy workers are also eligible to apply. Businesses, even without a personal guarantee or collateral, can get a loan as long as they were operational on February 15, 2020.

How big of a loan can I get and what are the terms?
The maximum loan amount under the Paycheck Protection Act is $10 million, with an interest rate no higher than 4%. No personal guarantee or collateral is required for the loan. The lenders are expected to defer fees, principal and interest for no less than six months and no more than one year.

Can these loans be forgiven?
Yes, small businesses that take out these loans can get some or all of their loans forgiven. Generally speaking, as long as employers continue paying employees at normal levels during the eight weeks following the origination of the loan, then the amount they spent on payroll costs (excluding costs for any compensation above $100,000 annually), mortgage interest, rent payments and utility payments can be combined and that portion of the loan will be forgiven.

How do I get a Payroll Protection Loan?
These loans will be given out by SBA-approved private lenders. Banks are still getting the program up and running so check with your local bank to see if they have the program in place. Banks that are already approved SBA lenders may be quicker to get the loan program in place.

Changes to the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)
Another important aspect of the CARES Act for small businesses is that it expands eligibility for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs). In early March, the SBA’s disaster loan program was extended to all small businesses affected by COVID-19, but the CARES Act opens this program up further and makes it easier to apply. These loans come directly from the SBA and you can apply for one here.

These changes include:

    • EIDLs are now also available to Tribal businesses, cooperatives, and ESOPs with fewer than 500 employees. They are also available to all non-profit organizations, including 501(c)(6)s, and to individuals operating as sole proprietors or independent contractors.
    • EIDLs can be approved by the SBA based solely on an applicant’s credit score.
    • EIDLs that are smaller than $200,000 can be approved without a personal guarantee.
    • Borrowers can receive a $10,000 emergency grant cash advance that can be forgiven if spent on paid leave, maintaining payroll, increased costs due to supply chain disruption, mortgage or lease payments or repaying obligations that cannot be met due to revenue losses.

For everything you need to know about applying for a small business loan, see the U.S. Chamber’s Small Business Loan Guide.

Can a business get an EIDL and a Paycheck Protection Program loan?
Yes, small businesses can get both an EIDL and a Paycheck Protection Program loan as long as they don’t pay for the same expenses. However, be sure to check with your financial advisor or lender before taking both types of loans if you are not sure of the specifics.

Additional Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

For more resources from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

    • To help you manage your business through the coronavirus crisis, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a toolkit for businesses and a customizable flyer for businesses to communicate their coronavirus efforts to customers.
    • For more information pertaining to your specific location, you can find your local Chamber of Commerce here.

Please reach out to your financial institution and advisors for specific information on how these loans may specifically benefit you.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Posted 3/31/20:
We have had a number of growers ask for guidance for them as employers under the new federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the FFCRA).  The legal team at DeWitt has put together the following two articles that may be helpful in analyzing how the FFCRA applies to your farm business:


Pesticide Applicator Certification Testing Temporarily Suspended, Posted 3/30/2020, Updated 3/31/20​:

The Wisconsin DATCP has temporarily suspended pesticide certification testing. If your certification expires January 31-May 31, 2020, DATCP is extending your certification until October 31, 2020. New applicators who are eligible can submit a 30-Day Temporary Trainee Registration Form to work under the supervision of a certified applicator. 
More information available at:


Email to WSCGA Members, Posted 3/24/2020:

Governor Evers Issues “Safer at Home” Order with Broad Authorization for Continued Farming and Food Production in Wisconsin
    • This morning, Governor Evers released the Wisconsin “Safer at Home” Order. Click here to view the order.
    • This Order is in effect from 8:00 a.m. March 25, 2020 through 8:00 a.m. April 24, 2020 or until a superseding order is issued.
    • It orders Wisconsin residents to “stay at home or at their place of residence” with several important exceptions for special situations.  One of those important exceptions is for the continued operation of farms, food production and food distribution and all related food production supply chain and workers.

The Order ALLOWS individuals to leave their residence to work for: 

  • ANIMAL HEALTH. Healthcare and Public Health Operations - “healthcare and public health operations” includes veterinary care and all healthcare services provided to animals.  See page 5.
  •  FOOD PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION. Essential Infrastructure is defined to include food production and distribution.  This includes, “Food and beverage production, transport, and agriculture. Food and beverage manufacturing, production, processing, transportation, and cultivation; farming, livestock, fishing, baking, and other production agriculture, including cultivation, marketing, production, and distribution of animals and goods for consumption; businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals, including animal shelters, boarding, rescues, kennels, and adopting facilities; farm and agriculture equipment, supplies, and repair services.” See page 6. 
  • FOOD AND AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION BUSINESSES AND WORKERS.  Essential Business Operations -- “essential businesses operations” includes “any business or worker identified in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response, updated March 23, 2020.  See page 9 of the Wisconsin Order and broad “Food and Agriculture” category on page 6 of the linked memo. “Essential businesses and operations” also specifically includes “food and beverage production, transport and agriculture.”  See page 10. 
  • SUPPLIES and SUPPLY CHAIN FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE BUSINESSES.  “Essential businesses and operations” also specifically includes “supplies for essential businesses and operations and essential government functions.”  See page 13.  “Essential businesses and operations” also specifically includes “manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries.”  See page 14.  Agriculture and food and beverage is specifically listed here, as well.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING AND REMOTE WORK FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND OPERATIONS:  Although agriculture and agribusiness is clearly designated an Essential Business as described above, please note that all Essential Businesses and Operations described in this Order “…shall meet Social Distancing Requirements between all individuals on the premises to the extent possible. Essential Businesses and Operations shall, to the greatest extent possible, use technology to avoid meeting in person, including virtual meetings, teleconference, and remote work (i.e., work from home).”  See page 9 of the Order.

Email to WSCGA Members, Posted 3/23/2020:

Last week, on Friday, March 20, 2020, the WSCGA proactively requested an exemption from any forthcoming “shelter in place” or “stay at home” order for the State of Wisconsin for farming, agriculture and agribusiness.  (Click here to view letter.)

We joined with over twenty other agricultural and agribusiness organizations to make our request and we asked that our request be very broadly construed to include all activities, supplies and services required to maintain farming and food production care in the State of Wisconsin under any forthcoming order.

Accordingly, we will be reviewing the expected “stay at home” order issued by Wisconsin tomorrow to determine whether it could affect our member companies. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

The only specific information that we have for Wisconsin at this time is this message from the Governor today—Safer at

We will send more information as it becomes available. We have set up a page on our website to provide up to date information that may impact you, your family and your business. Please check in often, as the situation is changing by the hour.