As the Farm Service Agency takes applications for the Quality Loss Adjustment Program, the agency is also trying to finish processing WHIP+ program payments. In North Dakota, FSA offices are through the bulk of WHIP+ program applications, but there are applications still being processed for the first round of payments. Texas A&M University Ag and Food Policy Center co-director Bart Fischer thinks it’s a similar situation in other parts of the country. “One good thing is the year-end appropriations bill and additional funding was made available for the program. The question is still there whether or not the remaining half of 2019 losses will be covered. Everyone is eager for an answer.” The WHIP+ program may also be extended to cover 2020 losses as part of the reconciliation bill considered in the House Agriculture Committee last week.
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