Disaster Assistance for Producers

Disaster Assistance for Producers

Fact Sheet: The Continuing Resolution (CR) provides critical assistance for producers across the country that have
experienced severe weather conditions in 2020 and 2021.

Key highlights in the CR for WHIP+ agricultural disaster assistance for Producers:

Extends disaster assistance programs through 2020 and 2021, including losses to crops, milk, on-farm stored commodities, crops prevented from planting.

Includes additional causes of loss: Assistance will be available for losses due to: droughts, wildfires, hurricanes, floods, derechos, excessive heat, winter storms, freeze, polar vortexes, smoke exposure, quality losses of crops, and excessive
moisture in 2020 and 2021.

Allows for drought assistance to be triggered when counties experience D2 drought conditions on
the Drought Monitor for 8 consecutive weeks
, or more severe drought conditions, and includes $750 million for livestock losses in 2021.

Allows payments for sugar and dairy losses in 2021 to be administered through sugar processing
facilities or through dairy cooperative processing facilities.

Continues the payment limitations that were in effect for WHIP+, includes provisions to reflect the
level of losses that are experienced by specialty crop and high value crop producers
, and enables
assistance for producers that experienced losses in both 2020 and 2021.

Accounts for the premiums that producers pay for crop insurance and NAP coverage
in calculating
assistance for producers.

Continues the requirement in WHIP+ that recipients of assistance under this program must purchase
crop insurance or NAP coverage for the next two available crop years.

Read the House Agriculture Committee full Fact sheet.


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