As 2020 wraps up, North Dakota farmers are waiting to hear more about the WHIP+ program. North Dakota Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Brad Thykeson asks for patience. “I apologize to North Dakota producers. This has been a long program. We’ve had producers waiting patiently, because of all of the other programs. We are also in a funding hiccup. We’re going on four weeks where the funding mechanism isn’t engaged in Washington D.C. and applications are stalled.” For farmers waiting to hear if the remaining 50 percent will be paid for 2019, Thykeson said the program needs to mature before that can be determined. There’s no fresh news on the quality loss adjustments. “They keep promising it’s coming. We hope it comes with some streamlined implementation so it doesn’t last as long.” In the meantime, 2021 ARC and PLC sign-up is open.
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