by Roger T. Williams

The final 5 years have been troublesome for Wisconsin farm households — after which the drought of 2023 intensified the disaster.

If the drought has affected you financially, whether or not you needed to replant your crops, you anticipate a diminished crop otherwise you anticipate feed shortages, the Harvest of Hope Fund could also be a useful resource for you.

The aim of the Harvest of Hope Fund is to offer monetary assist and hope to Wisconsin farm households in troublesome monetary conditions. The fund gives items of as much as $2,000 to assist tackle frequent farm monetary issues, together with impacts of the present drought. The Harvest of Hope was launched in January 1986 and has given over 1,770 grants totaling greater than $1,265,000 to farm households in troublesome conditions all through Wisconsin.

5 ideas are necessary in making choices about awarding grants to farm households:

  1. Maintain Wisconsin household farms within the arms of household farmers.

  2. Reply to households in troublesome conditions, at instances that would flip into catastrophe.

  3. Reply shortly, normally in two to 5 days.

  4. Be particularly delicate to the wants of farm households with young children.

  5. Hyperlink farm households with native sources for monetary or administration help.

Founders imagine these ideas are in the most effective curiosity of the farm household and the Harvest of Hope Fund. The fund was created by the Madison Christian Group, an ecumenical Christian group on the west facet of Madison, Wis.

To use for funding, go to the Harvest of Hope webpage. Scroll all the way down to Harvest of Hope Software and Harvest of Hope Monetary Planning Assertion. Each an software kind and a monetary planning assertion should be submitted for Harvest of Hope to behave in your request.

When you’ve got questions, name 608-836-1455 and press 8; your name will seemingly go to voicemail, which helps scale back prices and means that you can name day or evening. Please present the rationale in your name and your full title, tackle and telephone quantity.

Williams writes for Harvest of Hope.

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