With President Trump’s signature of the government funding bill, USDA will honor all 2018 and 2019 crop losses in the WHIP+ program and fund quality loss adjustments. For months, Northern Plains farmers have been waiting for their WHIP+ program payments or for an update on the remaining half of the 2019 payment. For the last month, WHIP+ program applications were stalled due to funding delays. This additional $1.5 billion for the WHIP+ program is from a reallocation of unused WHIP block grant funding and $1 billion in unspent funds from the first Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.
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