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Gordon allocates $90 million in CARES Act funds to help Wyoming agriculture recover


CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming received about $1.25 billion in federal CARES Act funding to respond to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and this funding must be expended by the end of the year.

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has allocated $90 million in CARES Act funds to help the state’s agriculture industry recover, the Wyoming Business Council said on Wednesday.

“Governor Gordon reserved funding for agricultural operations in anticipation the industry would require mitigation assistance by the end of summer and early fall,” the WBC said. “The Business Council is in the process of finalizing the new Agriculture Fund, which comes under the existing COVID-19 Business Relief Program, and will be targeted to agricultural producers in Wyoming.”

“The dollars are scheduled to become available in early November with the program closing by the end of the month. More details will be released later in October at www.wyobizrelief.org.”

Farmers and ranchers are encouraged to ensure their accounting is up to date so that they can take advantage of the relief funding when it becomes available.

The WBC has been administering three COVID relief programs created by the Wyoming Legislature during their special session this spring.

Those programs allocated $325 million if federal CARES Act funds to provide relief to Wyoming businesses and nonprofits who were impacted by the pandemic.

“The Wyoming Business Council is distributing these dollars through the COVID-19 Business Relief Program, which has been broken down into three funds – the Interruption Fund, the Relief Fund, and the Mitigation Fund,” the WBC said. “For more information about the Business Relief Program, please contact Strategic Partnerships Director Ron Gullberg at 307-286-9519 or ron.gullberg@wyo.gov.”

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This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.

The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.