USDA Offers Disaster Assistance for Drought and Excess Moisture
Through the Wildfires and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+), USDA is helping producers recover from losses related to 2018 and 2019 natural disasters. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will open signup on March 23, 2020, for producers to apply for eligible losses of drought (D3 or above) and excess moisture. USDA is also entering into agreements with six sugar beet processing cooperatives to distribute $285 million to grower members of those cooperatives who experienced loss. Producers who suffered qualifying losses in 2018 and/or 2019 can apply for WHIP+ assistance at their local FSA office. The Appropriations bill also expanded WHIP+ to include assistance for crop quality loss, and USDA is gathering data and input on how to administer quality-loss assistance.