The USDA is attempting to move the WHIP+ program off the back-burner with a new October 30 deadline in place for program sign-up. North Dakota Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Brad Thykeson says there are also new state efforts in place to speed up the application review. There is a team moving around to each county of North Dakota helping out. “We have a jump team of three people going around to different counties taking 20 to 30 applications off that office’s hands, getting them processed and then, moving on to the next county. We’ll keep that team in place through the end of October. Producers have been patient and we appreciate it.” Thykeson couldn’t say when those farmers with pending funds will receive them, but farmers do need to get into the office and sign up if they haven’t already. Read more about the WHIP+ program.
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