Applications are going out to more than 18,000 farmers for Phase One of the Emergency Relief Program. Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux said that will include the Supplemental Coverage Option and STAX payments that were not part of the previous payments. “We’re also going to be able to address some of the reporting concerns that were expressed very early on,” said Ducheneaux. “Our state executive director in North Dakota (Marcy Svenningsen) and Senator (John) Hoeven’s team brought to our attention the fact that some insurance agents had filed a 2019 loss claim and there was a subsequent 2020 loss claim that would make that producer eligible for ERP, but because it was just keyed in as 2019, it didn’t register.” Ducheneaux said USDA is taking a flexible approach, including the use of pre-filled applications. The South Dakota native calls this “a model for the future.” During a stop in Minnesota, Ducheneaux said Phase Two payments will be made this fall. Ducheneaux will be part of the Red River Farm Network forums during the Big Iron Farm Show Wednesday, September 14.
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