Programs for Farmers

Wisconsin Farm Center

Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture
PO Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708-8911
Wisconsin Farmers’ Assistance Hotline : (800) 942-2474
Provides free financial and business counseling for farmers; mediation and arbitration to help resolve farming-related disputes; and stray voltage information.


Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Shawano County Farm Service Agency
603A Lakelane Rd., Shawano, WI 54166-3843
(715) 524-4814 * (715) 526-6121 (fax) * Website

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Shawano County makes and guarantees loans and provides credit counseling and supervision to farmers and ranchers who are temporarily unable to obtain private, commercial credit. FSA also provides compensation to farmers and ranchers that have incurred losses to crops or livestock due to natural disasters, for milk income loss (MILC), and conservation compliance through direct and counter-cyclical program (DCP). Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) program rates are posted daily, available for each county >>>

Outside Shawano County: FSA State Office, Wisconsin State Office
8030 Excelsior Dr., Suite 100, Madison, WI 53717-2905
(608) 662-9425 * (608) 662-4422 ext 100 *  (608) 662-9425 (fax) * FSA State Web Site


Harvest of Hope Fund
7118 Old Sauk Rd., Madison, WI 53717
(608) 836-4633 answering machine–please leave a message

Harvest of Hope is a faith-based program that provides gifts of up to $1,000 to eligible farm families of any faith who need assistance to purchase seed, fertilizer, fuel and other supplies needed for Spring planting; or to meet emergency needs for food, home heating fuel, medical expenses, house or barn fires, electrical cutoffs, machinery repair, veterinary bills, overdue taxes, retraining or other emergency expenses.


Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)
PO Box 1728, Madison, WI 53701-1728
(800) 628-4833 ext. 623
Provides guarantees on loans for farmers, including:
* Credit Relief Outreach Program (CROP) – for fertilizer, seed, fuel, land rent, animal feed, equipment rental or repair, and pesticides and herbicides.
*Farm Asset Reinvestment Management (FARM) – for agricultural expansion and modernization of land, buildings, machinery, equipment, and livestock.


Isidore Community Development Loan Fund
c/o Community Assets for People
1725 W. River Dr., Stevens Point, WI 54481
(715) 343-7141
Micro-loan program provides small loans to farm families and other rural entrepreneurs to use as capital to start or expand small or farm-related businesses in rural areas of Wisconsin.


Farmer’s Health Cooperative of Wisconsin
(800) 539-9370
A cooperative service for farmers and others in agribusiness that offers its members heatlh and dental insurance coverage, an accident benefit plan, and a vision plan. (Administrative fee and insurance premiums apply).


National Farm Medicine Center
1000 N. Lake Ave., Marshfield WI 54449
(800) 662-6900
Conducts environmental research, disease and injury prevention, cancer control, and education services aimed at improving the health of those involved in agricultural work and rural life.



Shawano Service Center
603C Lakeland Road, Shawano, WI   54166-3843 * Phone: (715) 524-8520 * Fax: (715) 526-6121
NRCS Area: 2

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) works hand-in-hand with America ‘s private landowners to conserve soil, water and all natural resources. Urban and rural communities seek assistance from NRCS to identify environmental problems and to devise solutions for conserving and protecting water, curbing erosion and meeting resource challenges. NCRS delivers technical assistance based on sound science that is suited to a customer’s specific needs. Cost share and financial incentives are available in some cases through various programs. NRCS relies on local partners to set conservation goals and work with people on the land.

Check out additional information for the Shawano County NRCS program by clicking here.


Easter Seals FARM Program (formerly AgrAbility of Wisconsin)
c/o Easter Seals Wisconsin
101 Nob Hill Rd., Ste. 301, Madison, WI 53713
(800) 422-2324
Helps farm families return to farming after a disabiling injury or illness, by providing an on-site rehabilitation assessment and recommendations. Also provides information on equipment, worksite modification, community and health care options, and job restructuring; and referrals to funding sources.

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If you have any questions regarding Agriculture in Shawano County, please contact:

Kimberly Kassube, Agriculture Extension Educator
UW-Extension Shawano County
Shawano County Courthouse
311 North Main Street, Room 101
Shawano, WI 54166
Phone: 715-526-6136 * Fax: 715-526-4875
Rhonda Sumnicht, Office Assistant
UW-Extension Shawano County
Shawano County Courthouse
311 N Main Street, Room 101
Shawano, WI 54166
Phone: 715-526-6136 * Fax: 715-526-4875