Limited funds available for Johne's disease costs in Wisconsin

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MADISON – The Johne’s disease program in Wisconsin will no longer receive federal funding to reimburse producers for costs they incur related to Johne’s disease, and state funding for the next two years depends on the budget under consideration by the Wisconsin Legislature.

But Johne’s disease program coordinator Dr. Beth Patton says some funds remain from 2010, and this will be used to reimburse costs incurred Jan. 1-June 30 of this year.

Three groups may be eligible to receive reimbursement for testing, developing herd plans and other costs:

Anyone who submitted a 2011 application form by Feb. 1 and has a current risk assessment and herd management plan on file with the program is eligible for this reimbursement.

Anyone who submitted an application, but missed the Feb. 1 deadline, may be eligible for any funds left after those who applied by the deadline have been paid.

Anyone who submits a 2011 reimbursement application may be eligible for any funds left after those who applied earlier. These residual funds would be awarded first-come, first-served, based on when the applications are submitted.

Invoice should be submitted immediately when received, and all must be submitted by July 15.

For more information, call Melissa Haseman, 608-224-4893, or go to

Source: Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

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