1. Wisconsin unemployment rate jumps to 14.1%, nearly 386K jobs lost in April
  2. WI farmers thankful for help from state, federal relief packages until economy recovers
  3. WEDC issues guidelines for restaurants, salons, other businesses on reopening safely
  4. Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks Gov. Tony Evers’ ‘Safer at Home’ extension
  5. Emergency Order #36: Interim Order to Turn The Dial
  6. Dairy Business Association, Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative applaud Farmers to Families Food Box Program
  7. Independent Business Association of Wisconsin urges Evers to reopen state’s economy
  8. Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) Announces Plan to Get Back to Business
  9. DATCP Weekly Market Update
  10. DATCP, Pork Association Partner on 'Passion for Pork' Initiative
  11. Gov. Evers Hoping to Announce Ag Assistance Details Next Week
  12. Wisconsin adds hundreds of workers to help with ‘unprecedented’ volume as unemployment claims soar
  13. Pig farms in Wisconsin will lose $45 million from pandemic; how one farmer is keeping business going
  14. Social Distancing Will Last Beyond Wisconsin Reopening, According To Experts
  15. Coronavirus-related plant closures strain Wisconsin meat producers
  16. Oshkosh business owner arrested for "Safer at Home" violation
  17. New 'safer at home' order allows businesses to reopen with curbside drop-off services
  18. Evers announces plan for reopening Wisconsin
  19. Wisconsin announces efforts to ramp up coronavirus testing
  20. Experts fear half of Wisconsin restaurants could close because of 'Safer at Home' order extension
  21. What the Wisconsin COVID-19 bill does and doesn't do
  22. Wisconsin has an Office of Rural Prosperity. It's new and it now has its first director
  23. WI farmers optimistic about future legislation after little help from relief package
  24. 'Safer at home' extended to May 26, with some modifications
  25. UPDATE: Evers signs coronavirus relief package into law
  26. New Wisconsin Dairy Recovery Program aims to help both farmers, food pantries
  27. Wisconsin Assembly overwhelmingly approves COVID-19 relief bill in state's first virtual session
  28. Gov. Evers: Could be a month before lockdown lifts
  29. DATCP Press Release: Statement from Interim Secretary Randy Romanski
  30. Governor Evers - COVID-19 Legislative Relief Packages
  31. Governor Evers Issues Safer at Home Emergency Order #12 With Insurance Exemption
  32. WAMIC Letter to Governor Evers Requesting an Exception to the Safer at Home Order
  33. NAMIC Letter to Governor Evers Requesting an Exception to any Stay-at-Home order for Insurers
  34. Governor Orders DHS to Issue an Order Prohibiting Mass Gatherings of More Than 10 People
  35. Governor Issues Moratorium on Mass Gatherings of 50 People or More

Wisconsin unemployment rate jumps to 14.1%, nearly 386K jobs lost in April

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate jumped to 14.1% in April and the state lost 385,900 private-sector jobs during the month, according to newly released data from the Department of Workforce Development. Read more...

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WI farmers thankful for help from state, federal relief packages until economy recovers

MADISON (WKOW) -- For the first time during the coronavirus pandemic, Wisconsin farmers will be receiving direct payments to help offset losses.

Tuesday, the USDA announced $16 billion would be headed directly to farmers nationwide, and Wednesday Gov. Tony Evers (D-WI) announced $50 million dollars for Wisconsin farmers, specifically. Read more...

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WEDC issues guidelines for restaurants, salons, other businesses on reopening safely

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has specific guidelines for every type of business on how they should reopen.

WEDC says in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and their regional economic development partners, WEDC has compiled a series of industry-specific documents to help businesses reopen while taking the necessary precautions for safety. Read more...

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Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks Gov. Tony Evers’ ‘Safer at Home’ extension

MADISON  — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' administration overstepped its authority when it extended the governor's stay-at-home order through the end of May, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Read more...

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Emergency Order #36: Interim Order to Turn The Dial

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced another turn of the dial on Safer at Home to add even more opportunities for Wisconsin businesses to get back to work in a safe and responsible way. Read more...

Executive Order #36

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Dairy Business Association, Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative applaud Farmers to Families Food Box Program

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative today applauded the Agriculture Department for awarding $317 million in contracts to purchase milk and other dairy foods for struggling Americans. Read more...

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Independent Business Association of Wisconsin urges Evers to reopen state’s economy

The Independent Business Association of Wisconsin today urged Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers to re-open the state’s economy, which has been largely shut down by his “Safer at Home” order since late March in an attempt to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Read more...

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Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) Announces Plan to Get Back to Business

April 24, 2020
Proposal Will Protect Lives, Livelihoods and Wisconsin’s Future

MADISON – Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) – the combined state chamber, manufacturers’ association and safety council – unveiled its Back to Business plan on Friday, the same day Gov. Tony Evers’ initial Safer at Home order expired. Read more...

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DATCP Weekly Market Update

Click here to read DATCP's weekly market update.

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DATCP, Pork Association Partner on 'Passion for Pork' Initiative

MADISON – The Wisconsin Pork Association (WPA) and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) have joined forces to start a new program connecting Wisconsin pork producers to local meat processors, consumers and the growing number of people experiencing food insecurity during COVID-19. Read more...

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Gov. Evers Hoping to Announce Ag Assistance Details Next Week

Wisconsin farmers and others in the agricultural industry could know as soon as next week if they will be receiving any direct assistance from the state to make up for losses attributed to the Coronavirus pandemic. That's what Governor Tony Evers told members of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin on Tuesday's edition of the Dairy Signal. Read more...

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Wisconsin adds hundreds of workers to help with ‘unprecedented’ volume as unemployment claims soar

MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin's unemployment claims continue to soar, and now the Department of Workforce Development is adding staff to deal with the unprecedented number of calls. Read more...

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Pig farms in Wisconsin will lose $45 million from pandemic; how one farmer is keeping business going

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. — Wisconsin is known as the dairy state but pig farms are a major part of the state’s identity as well. Read more...

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Social Distancing Will Last Beyond Wisconsin Reopening, According To Experts

Wisconsin's residents have been encouraged to practice social distancing since mid-March, which to many may already seem like a long time. But according to the president and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin, residents should anticipate at least 12 to 18 more months of social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. Read more...

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Coronavirus-related plant closures strain Wisconsin meat producers

Consumers could see fewer meat products on the shelves as coronavirus outbreaks at processing plants force closures across the country.

Here in Wisconsin, outbreaks have shuttered JBS in Green Bay and the Patrick Cudahy Plant. Read more...

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Oshkosh business owner arrested for "Safer at Home" violation

OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- An Oshkosh business owner was taken into custody Monday for violating Gov. Tony Evers' "Safer at Home" order aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Read more...

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New 'safer at home' order allows businesses to reopen with curbside drop-off services

Any Wisconsin business that can safely provide curbside drop-off services will be allowed to do so under updated COVID-19-related business restrictions announced Monday by Gov. Tony Evers. Read more...

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Evers announces plan for reopening Wisconsin

MADISON (WLUK) -- For the first time, Gov. Tony Evers is laying out a specific plan for easing the "safer at home" order and allowing closed businesses to reopen. Read more...

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Wisconsin announces efforts to ramp up coronavirus testing

MADISON (WLUK) -- The state of Wisconsin is taking steps to dramatically increase the capacity of testing for the new coronavirus -- one of the requirements Gov. Tony Evers has stated would allow the "safer at home" order to be relaxed. Read more...

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Experts fear half of Wisconsin restaurants could close because of 'Safer at Home' order extension

MILWAUKEE — Restaurant industry experts in Wisconsin fear half of the restaurants in the state could be forced to close permanently because of the "Safer at Home" order extension. Read more...

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What the Wisconsin COVID-19 bill does and doesn't do

Wisconsin’s Legislature this week approved the state’s first relief package in response to the 2019 coronavirus. The bill was more than a month in the making and Gov. Tony Evers signed it into law within hours of its passage in the Senate on Wednesday. Read more...

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Wisconsin has an Office of Rural Prosperity. It's new and it now has its first director

Wisconsin’s newly created Office of Rural Prosperity has named its first director, a woman who grew up on a La Crosse County farm and has worked for a member of Congress from Maine. Read more...

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WI farmers optimistic about future legislation after little help from relief package

MADISON (WKOW) -- Now that a sweeping coronavirus relief package has been signed into law, many are already looking ahead to the next phase of the state's response. Read more...

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'Safer at home' extended to May 26, with some modifications

MADISON (WLUK) -- Gov. Tony Evers has extended his "safer at home" order through the Memorial Day weekend -- with a few changes. Read more...

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Evers signs coronavirus relief package into law

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATE: Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has signed the COVID-19 response legislation, now known as the 2019 Wisconsin Act 185, into law. Read more...

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New Wisconsin Dairy Recovery Program aims to help both farmers, food pantries

MILWAUKEE — Hunger Task Force has partnered with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to help protect the dairy supply chain in Wisconsin. Read more...

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Wisconsin Assembly overwhelmingly approves COVID-19 relief bill in state's first virtual session

The Wisconsin Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill to help the state’s government, industries and health care workers better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more...

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Gov. Evers: Could be a month before lockdown lifts

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers is saying it could be at least a month before he starts to relax social distancing mandates. Read more...

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DATCP Press Release: Statement from Interim Secretary Randy Romanski

MADISON – The COVID-19 public health emergency has forced all of us to think about what is essential in our lives. While some decisions are difficult, others are clear. Food and agriculture are essential. Food and those who produce it are fundamental to our personal well-being and our state’s strength. Read more...

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Governor Evers - COVID-19 Legislative Relief Packages

Governor Tony Evers has announced two packages of legislation aimed at providing COVID-19 relief and support for Wisconsin residents and businesses. The first, simply called COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) Bill #1, would provide additional state funding for public health agencies and the Department of Health Services, fund an expansion of 64 full-time employees for the Department of Health Services, and a host of mandates and prohibitions for health insurers. 

CV19 Bill #1 Background summary

The second package provides various methods of financial relief to Wisconsin residents. For more information, click here.

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Governor Evers Issues Safer at Home Emergency Order #12 With Insurance Exemption

Governor Tony Evers issued Emergency Order #12 on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The order includes an exemption for insurance companies in two places.

First, the order, on page 9, under #13 Essential Businesses and Operations, letter a. CISA includes all businesses and business operations listed on 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, which, in itself, includes the insurance industry. 

Second, the order, on page 12, under #13 Essential Businesses and Operations, letter l. Financial institutions and services:

Banks, credit unions, and other depository or lending institutions; licensed financial
service providers; insurance services; personnel necessary to perform essential functions
at broker-dealers and investment advisor offices.

The order is effective at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25th. It remains effective until Friday, April 24th or until a superseding order is issued.

You can find the full text of the order here.

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WAMIC Letter to Governor Evers Requesting an Exception to the Safer at Home Order

WAMIC sent a letter to Governor Evers requesting an exception to the Safer at Home order that was announced today. You can read the letter here.

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NAMIC Letter to Governor Evers Requesting an Exception to any Stay-at-Home order for Insurers

On Friday, March 20th NAMIC's Vice President - State Affairs Erin Collins sent letters to the governor of every U.S. state in response to the Executive Order issued by California Governor Gavin Newsom. The letters pre-emptively request an exception for insurers to any stay-at-home order that may be issued in the future. Read the letter.

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Governor Orders DHS to Issue an Order Prohibiting Mass Gatherings of More Than 10 People

Measures also being taken to manage testing capacity in Wisconsin

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue an agency order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 people or more to slow the spread of COVID-19. The order makes exceptions for transportation, educational institutions, child care, hotels, military, law enforcement, food pantries, hospitals, long-term care facilities, restaurants and bars can only offer take-out or delivery, grocery stores and convenience stores, utility facilities, job centers, and courts. See full order and list of exemptions here. Additionally, schools will be closed for the duration of the public health emergency. Read more... 

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Governor Issues Moratorium on Mass Gatherings of 50 People or More

Under the authority of Wis. Stat. § 252.02(3) and at the direction of Governor Tony Evers, I Andrea Palm, Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, order a statewide moratorium on mass gatherings of 50 people or more to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Read more...

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