USDA Begins Issuing Payments for 2018-2019 Disasters

The USDA is set to begin issuing more than $1 billion in payments over the next several weeks, beginning on Tuesday, June 15. The funds are for agriculture producers with approved applications for the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program and producers who have already received payments through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). Producers weathered significant natural disasters during 2018 and 2019, and the programs provide disaster assistance to those producers who suffered losses. For each crop year, the maximum amount that a person or legal entity may receive under the QLA program, directly or indirectly, is $125,000. Payments made to joint operations will not exceed $125,000, multiplied by the number of persons or legal entities that comprise the ownership of the joint operation. Producers who applied for and received their first WHIP+ payment can expect to receive the second payment beginning in mid-June for eligible crop losses. Any producers with questions can contact their local USDA Service Center.