Northern Plains farmers have been waiting on the remaining half of the 2019 WHIP+ payments. On Friday, USDA announced farmers will see additional WHIP+ and the Quality Loss Adjustment program payments starting June 15. “Farmers already received half of the 2019 WHIP+ program payment and now, another 40 percent will be paid out,” said John Hoeven, a Senator from North Dakota. “After securing additional funding for the programs in December 2020, USDA came back and said they needed another $1.5 billion to make this program whole. They kept getting more claims. Based on the number of applications for the program, that’s how WHIP+ payments came out to 90 percent.” Full Quality Loss Adjustment payments will be made. This disaster aid comes after Northern Plains farmers experienced extremely wet conditions in 2018 and 2019, causing production losses and impacting crop quality.
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