2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program
The 2017 WHIP is directly reimbursing producers for crop production losses in 2018. In addition to WHIP, USDA is providing a grant to Florida, which is reimbursing citrus producers for the cost of buying and planting replacement trees, including resetting and grove rehabilitation, and for repair of damages to irrigation systems. This grant is also providing assistance for losses of citrus production expected during the 2019 and 2020 crop years.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
D - Direct Payments With Unrestricted Use
Public Law 115-123
Public Law 116-20
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 is a federal statute concerning spending and the budget in the United States, that was signed into law by President Donald Trump on February 9, 2018. See CFDA Listing 10.129
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Agriculture producers are eligible to apply.
We recommend producers who have not participated in a USDA program to contact their local USDA service center to establish farm records. To establish a farm tract number, be sure to bring: Proof of identity: driver's license, Social Security number/card; copy of recorder deed, survey plat, rental, or lease agreement of the land, you do not have to own property to participate in FSA programs; entities: corporation, estate, or trust documents. Once signup begins, producers will be asked to provide verifiable and reliable production records by crop, type, practice, intended use, and acres. Producers with this information on file do not need to provide again.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Producers may apply through their local FSA county office by filing an application form and supporting documentation. For the grantee, the signing of a grant agreement with FSA is required. 2CFR200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to the grant.
The assistance will be approved and awarded by FSA to eligible producers. The block grants will be granted to Florida State of Agriculture from FSA. They will determine who is eligible for assistance.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. a) Requesters seeking administrative appeal of a denial of a request for records or denial of a fee waiver must ensure that the appeal is received by the agency within 45 days of the date of the denial letter. (b) Each agency shall provide for review of appeals by an official different from the official or officials designated to make initial denials. (c) 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(6)(A)(ii) provides that each agency in the Department to which an appeal of a denial is submitted shall inform the requester of its determination concerning that appeal within 20 working days (excepting Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays), plus any extension authorized by SS1.16, of its date of receipt. If the agency determines to grant the appeal, it shall inform the requester of any conditions surrounding the granting of the request (e.g., payment of fees) and the approximate date upon which compliance will be effected. If the agency grants only a portion of the appeal, it shall treat the portion not granted as a denial. If it determines to deny the appeal either in part or in whole, it shall inform the requester of that decision and of the following: (1) The reasons for denial; (2) The name and title or position of each person responsible for denial of the appeal; and (3) The right to judicial review of the denial in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(4). (d) Each agency, upon a determination that it wishes to deny an appeal, shall send a copy of the records requested and of all correspondence relating to the request to the Assistant General Counsel, General Law Division, Office of the General Counsel ("Assistant General Counsel"). When the volume of records is so large as to make sending a copy impracticable, the agency shall enclose an informative summary of those records. The agency shall not deny an appeal until it receives concurrence from the Assistant General Counsel (e) The Assistant General Counsel shall promptly review the matter (including necessary coordination with the agency) and render all necessary assistance to enable the agency to respond to the appeal within the administrative deadline or any extension of the administrative deadline.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Assistance will be used by producers who suffered losses due to hurricanes
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Once signup begins, producers will be asked to provide verifiable and reliable production records by crop, type, practice, intended use, and acres. Producers with this information on file do not need to provide again. Producers should bring production records for the last five years. If a producer is unable to provide production records, USDA is calculating the yield based on 65 percent of county expected yield.
The producer must maintain any books, records, and accounts supporting the information for 3 years following the end of the year during which the request for payment was submitted. In accordance with 7 CFR 200.333, the grant recipient should retain all records relating to the grant for a period of 3 years after the final Federal Financial Report has been submitted to the Federal Agency, or until final resolution of any audit finding or litigation, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
There are no restrictions placed on the time permitted to spend the money awarded. The grants to Florida will be block grant advances to Florida State Department of Agriculture. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Consult the appropriate FSA State office where the property is located. For a list of FSA State offices with telephone numbers and addresses, information is available on the internet, visit FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov to locate nearest office.
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250 USA
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 18$373,092,294.00; FY 19 est $2,360,000,000.00; FY 20 est $1,548,000,000.00; FY 17 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Producers are subject to a $125,000 payment limitation, meaning a producer can't receive more than $125,000 for losses. But a producer can receive a higher payment if three-fourths or more of their income is derived from farming or another agricultural-based business. Producers who derived 75 percent of their income in tax years 2013, 2014 and 2015 will be subject to a $900,000 payment limitation.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR Part 760
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