More growers will receive over $105 million in additional emergency aid – AgFax

The USDA has announced that it will indefinitely extend the deadline for producers to return pre-filled applications for the first phase of the Emergency Relief Program (ERP). A new deadline will be announced after the final Phase 1 applications are mailed out and will provide at least 30 days after mailing.

Continuing to build on the initial mailing of pre-populated applications in May, the Department will continue to use existing information in USDA and crop insurance records to send additional pre-populated applications from this week for participants potentially eligible for the Harvest Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). .

Once claims from eligible NAP producers are returned, these producers are expected to receive approximately $105 million in ERP payments for qualifying disaster losses in 2020 and 2021.

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) now sends pre-populated applications to NAP growers through the ERP to compensate for crop yield and value losses. To receive a relief payment, producers must complete and return applications within the announced deadlines.

Producers must receive aid deposited directly into their bank account within three business days of signing and returning the pre-filled application to the county office of the FSA and the county office enters the application into the system.

Although most crop insurance customers likely to be eligible for ERP Phase 1 received pre-filed applications in May, some should expect to receive a form in August that includes:

  • Producers who suffered an eligible loss in 2020 that was recorded in crop insurance records as a 2019 loss (e.g., prevented planting applications); and
  • Producers with policies that required additional information before they could calculate an indemnity for 2021 losses (producers with 2020 losses would have already received this request). Policies that required additional information include Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO), Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX), Margin Protection Plan (MP) or Area Risk Protection Insurance (ARPI).

Producers without crop insurance or NAP risk management coverage and those with superficial losses may be covered by the next ERP phase two.

“Catastrophic natural disasters in 2020 and 2021 have decimated crops, livestock and agricultural infrastructure from coast to coast, making it extremely important to provide assistance quickly and reduce the paperwork burden for these farmers. and breeders recovering from disaster, the FSA administrator said. Zach Ducheneaux.

“I was in North Dakota a few weeks ago and received feedback on how the streamlined livestock and crop disaster management programs are working for our growers and frontline workers. Like any new process, there are a few issues to address, but we’re addressing those and will use the streamlined process to keep the ‘bureaucracy’ to a minimum.

USDA estimates ERP Phase 1 benefits will reach more than 5,200 growers with NAP coverage for eligible 2020 and 2021 crop losses. This emergency assistance complements ERP assistance recently provided to over of 162,000 producers who had received crop insurance payouts for eligible losses.

Nearly 13,000 additional crop insurance customers are pre-filled claims in August to cover eligible 2020 losses described above and for growers with more complex policies where indemnities could not be calculated for 2021 previously.

The ERP and the previously announced Livestock Emergency Relief Program (ELRP) are funded by the Public Funding Extension and Emergency Assistance Delivery Actwhich President Biden signed into law in 2021. The law provided $10 billion to help agricultural producers affected by wildfires, droughts, hurricanes, winter storms and other qualifying disasters experienced in calendar years 2020 and 2021.

Overall, the USDA has already quickly disbursed over $6 billion in ERP and ELRP with reduced paperwork for the producer and field offices.

For more information on ERP eligibility, program provisions for socially disadvantaged or historically underserved producers as well as frequently asked questions, NAP applicants can visit the FSA’s Emergency Relief webpage and the program information sheet.

Additional USDA Disaster Assistance information is available on farmers.gov, including the Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool, Disaster At-a-Glance Fact Sheet, and Disaster Assistance Fact Sheet. eye and agricultural loan discovery tool. For FSA and Natural Resources Conservation Service programs, growers should contact their local USDA service center. For assistance with a crop insurance claim, producers and landowners should contact their crop insurance agent.

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