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USDA reminds producers of disaster assistance application deadline

Staff Writer
Redwood Falls Gazette

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds producers that the deadline to submit applications for disaster recovery assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) for 2018 and 2019 losses is Oct. 30.

Additionally, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) launched a new tool online to help producers with the application process.

“If you’re unsure of your eligibility, check out the new WHIP+ tool. Not only can this online tool help you determine eligibility, but it also connects you with local FSA staff to help you get your application started and submitted,” said Richard Fordyce, FSA administrator. “We know 2018 and 2019 had their share of natural disasters, and we encourage impacted producers to apply.”

The new tool documents information about a producer’s operation and helps USDA identify producers who may need more information about or assistance with the program application process.

After the online survey is completed, the local FSA county office will follow up with producers who provide contact information.

The program compensates producers for losses due to hurricanes, floods, snowstorms, tornadoes, typhoons, volcanic activity, drought, excessive moisture and wildfires occurring in calendar years 2018 and 2019.

Drought and excessive moisture were added as eligible losses for the program in March 2020.

To date, FSA has received more than 145,000 applications for WHIP+ disaster assistance.

For more information or application assistance, visit farmers.gov, or contact your local USDA Service Center.