Wisconsin Farmers targeted in suspected grant scam

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is warning farmers about a suspected scam call.

Officials say Wisconsin farmers are receiving telephone calls about supposed grants from the "Federal Crop Registry." Call recipients are left a message with a phone number to call and are told they have three days to respond to the offer.

According to the department, if you receive this message, you should take no further action as it appears to be a scam. There is no "Federal Crop Registry" program, and the number listed in the message is no longer in service.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will not call you and offer grant money. While the USDA does provide grants, you must apply for them in writing (typically online).

For more information on grant scams, review DATCP's Government Grant Scams fact sheet.

For additional information, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau here,send an e-mail to datcphotline@wisconsin.gov or call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-422-7128.