Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program Plus
The WHIP Plus is directly reimbursing producers for crop, tree, bush, and vine losses due to qualifying disaster events in 2018 and 2019.
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
Title 1, Public Law 116-20
The Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019 is a federal statute concerning spending and the budget in the United States, that was signed into law by President Donald Trump on June 6, 2019.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Agriculture producers are eligible to apply.
We recommend that producers who have not participated in a USDA program 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); for 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 with FSA do not need to provide again. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
The assistance will be approved and awarded by FSA County Committees to eligible producers.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 15 to 30 days.
From 30 to 60 days. 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 qualifying disaster events.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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.
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 Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
1400 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 200024 USA
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 Estimate Not Available FY 20 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Producers are subject to a $125,000 payment limitation for all eligible losses under WHIP+. 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 2015, 2016, and 2017 will be subject to a $900,000 payment limitation for all eligible losses under WHIP+.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR 760 Subpart O