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USDA offers disaster assistance for farmers hurt by 2018, 2019 disasters

ST. PAUL — Ag producers affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019, can now apply through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) program. More than $3 billion is available nationwide through the relief package.

WHIP+ is available for eligible producers who suffered eligible losses of certain crops, trees, bushes or vines in counties with a Presidential Emergency Disaster Declaration or a Secretarial Disaster Designation (primary counties only). Disaster losses must have been a result of floods, tornadoes or snowstorms that occurred in 2018 or 2019.

Producers in counties that did not receive a disaster declaration or designation may still apply for WHIP+, but must provide supporting documentation to establish that the crops were directly affected by a qualifying disaster loss.

A list of counties that received qualifying disaster declarations and designations is available at farmers.gov/recover/whip-plus.

Eligible crops include those for which federal crop insurance or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage is available, excluding crops intended for grazing. A list of crops covered by crop insurance is available through USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) Actuarial Information Browser at webapp.rma.usda.gov/apps/actuarialinformationbrowser.

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The WHIP+ payment factor ranges from 75 percent to 95 percent, depending on the level of crop insurance coverage or NAP coverage that a producer obtained for the crop. Producers who did not insure their crops in 2018 or 2019 will receive 70 percent of the expected value of the crop. Insured crops (either crop insurance or NAP coverage) will receive between 75 percent and 95 percent of expected value; those who purchased the highest levels of coverage will receive 95 percent of the expected value.

Producers with prevent plant acres, as well as those in the Milk Loss Program are also eligible for WHIP+. Additional information about program eligibility and payment limitations can be found at farmers.gov/recover or by contacting your local USDA Service Center.

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