The WHIP+ disaster program sign up is open for farmers hoping to recover losses from 2018 and 2019 natural disasters. There’s already been some interest in the WHIP+ program in North Dakota. “We’ve actually sent out 288 payments in North Dakota. Most of those are in the western counties where there were lots of wheat losses. Producers were able to bring in their yields for wheat production,” said Brad Thykeson, state executive director, North Dakota Farm Service Agency. “For the most part, producers are wrapping up 2019 and trying to look ahead at 2020.” Once farmers report harvest yields to their crop insurance agent, farmers can contact the local FSA office to initiate a WHIP+ disaster application. Thykeson also said local FSA offices in North Dakota are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He asked farmers to be flexible in communications with FSA offices. Here’s more about WHIP+.
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