FSA REMINDS GROWERS OF WHIP+ INSURANCE LINKAGE REQUIREMENT

The USDA Farm Service Agency is reminding producers who participated in the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program+ (WHIP+) or the Quality Loss Adjustment Program (QLA) for crop production or quality losses occurring in 2018, 2019 or 2020 that they are required to purchase crop insurance, or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance program (NAP) coverage if crop insurance is not available, at a minimum 60 percent coverage level for two subsequent crop years following the end of the WHIP+ enrollment period.

Some growers may have satisfied the first year of the insurance requirement with their 2021 crop insurance purchases and can fulfill the two-year requirement with their 2022 insurance selections. For those that did not, the full two-year insurance purchase requirement must be satisfied no later than the 2022 and 2023 growing seasons. Failure to obtain the applicable coverage by the sales/application closing date will result in the required refund of WHIP+ benefits received on the applicable crop, plus interest.