Later today, the USDA’s Farm Service Agency is expected to make an announcement setting an end of the month deadline for the WHIP+ program. At this time, it’s unclear how this program deadline will be impacting the status of pending payments, but Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in late August there has to be a closed door on the WHIP+ program so the USDA can move forward. “There was no end-time initially given for the program and it’s frankly a mistake in the rule that went out,” said Perdue. “There has to be a closed door so we can operate in real time.” At the one year anniversary of the historic October 11 snowstorm, farmers in the Northern Plains are still waiting the full or partial WHIP+ program payments. A heavy workload, other program priorities, the COVID-19 pandemic and a “very clumsy application process” are a few reasons given for the payment delays.