Beginning March 23, Illinois farmers may sign up for WHIP+ Quality Loss Payments at local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. All counties are eligible for losses caused by excessive moisture due to a USDA disaster declaration last year.
Under WHIP+, USDA will provide assistance to farmers affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. Payments from the program will take into account a farmer's crop insurance coverage and size of the loss. No one will receive more than 100% of the value of their crop.
A spending bill passed in December to keep the federal government operating through fiscal year 2020 contained funding for WHIP+ grain quality losses.
Due to the presence of the coronavirus, sign-up will likely be by appointment only at local Farm Service Agency offices. Applications are available at this link.