Farmers impacted by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019 can apply for assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP plus) at their local Farm Service Agency office starting Wednesday. This program is part of the USDA’s much-anticipated disaster aid package. Farmers are eligible for WHIP plus if they’ve lost certain crops in counties with a Presidential Emergency Declaration or Secretarial Disaster Designation. If the county didn’t receive disaster declaration, farmers may still be eligible for assistance, but they will need to provide documentation to establish the crops were directly impacted by a natural disaster. Payment limitations for the program is individually $125,000 per year. The payment limit will be increased to $250,000 per year if more than 75 percent of a farmer’s income is derived from farming. Only a portion of the disaster aid details were revealed this morning. Prevent plant provision details will be released at a later time, pending the Office of Management and Budget approval. Read more about USDA resources available to farmers impacted by natural disasters.
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