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WHIP+ and QLA Payments to Begin

More than $1 billion in payments will be released over the next several weeks for agricultural producers with approved applications for the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program and for producers who have already received payments through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). These USDA programs provide disaster assistance to producers who suffered losses to 2018 and 2019 natural disasters.

More Farm Program Funds Needed

After securing an additional $1.5 billion to fund the WHIP+ and the Quality Loss Adjustment programs in 2020, North Dakota Senator John Hoeven says the Farm Service Agency needs more money. Hoeven recently met with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
 
“The secretary didn’t commit to saying we’ll get the money, but he did commit to working with us. It’s frustrating because we already addressed this once and we need to keep it moving,” said Hoeven.
 
FSA needs anywhere from $300 million to another $1.5 billion, according to Hoeven. The remaining half of the 2019 WHIP+ program payments could be at risk. To secure more funds, options include the appropriations process or using other sources at the USDA.

QLA Program Signup Period Extended

USDA has extended the Quality Loss Adjustment program enrollment deadline to Friday, April 9th. The original deadline was set for today. At this point, more than 8,100 applications have been filed. Payments will be made after the application period ends. Listen to an exclusive Red River Farm Network interview with USDA Farm Service Agency Associate Administrator Steve Peterson.