The USDA will send a pre-populated Supplemental Disaster Application

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Monday announced another tranche (phase) of assistance to commodity and specialty crop growers affected by natural disasters in 2020 and 2021. More than 18,000 growers will soon receive new or updated pre-populated disaster claims to compensate for eligible crop losses. About $6.4 billion has already been distributed to 165,000 growers through the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Emergency Relief Program (ERP).

The FSA will start sending out pre-filled applications at the end of August to producers who have potentially eligible losses and:

  • Received crop insurance benefits for qualifying 2020 and 2021 catastrophic events after May 2, 2022.
  • Received crop insurance benefits associated with Nursery, Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX), Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO) and Margin Protection (MP) policies.
  • New Primary Insureds not included in the Insured Producer’s initial Phase 1 shipment from May 25, 2022, because their claim records had not been completed.
  • Certain plant losses prevented in 2020 related to qualifying catastrophic events in 2020 that had only been recorded in crop insurance records in relation to adverse weather events in 2019 and as such were not previously provided in requests sent out earlier this year.
  • New Substantial Beneficial Interest (SBI) records, including SBIs where tax identification numbers have been corrected.

Producers must receive aid deposited directly into their bank account within three business days of signing and returning the pre-filled application to the county office of the FSA and the county office enters the application into the system.

Before applying program payment factors or eligibility criteria, it is estimated that this next installment (phase) could generate approximately $756 million in assistance.

Emergency relief payments to date

This emergency ERP assistance complements ERP assistance recently provided to more than 165,000 producers who had received crop insurance payouts and Agricultural Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) payments. ) uninsured for qualifying losses. USDA has processed more than 255,000 ERP applications and to date has issued approximately $6.4 billion in payments to commodity and specialty crop producers to help offset eligible losses resulting from disasters In addition, earlier this year, staff processed more than 100,000 payments through the Livestock Emergency Relief Program (ELRP) and disbursed eligible producers more than 601, $3 million for 2021 pasture losses days after the program was announced.

Phase two

The second phase of the ERP and ELRP will aim to fill the gaps and provide assistance to producers who have not participated or received payments through existing risk management programs that are being leveraged to the implementation of phase one. The USDA will keep growers and stakeholders informed as program details become available.

More information

Additionally, on August 18, 2022, the USDA issued a technical correction to the Notice of availability of funds for ERP and ELRP to clarify how income from the sale of agricultural equipment and the provision of production inputs and services to farmers, pastoralists, foresters and agricultural holdings should be taken into account in the calculation of the average adjusted gross farm income. Producers whose average adjusted gross farm income is at least 75% of the producer’s average adjusted gross income may qualify for a higher payment limit.

The previously announced ERP and ELRP are authorized by thePublic Funding Extension and Emergency Assistance Delivery Actwhich President Biden signed into law in 2021. The law provided $10 billion to help agricultural producers affected by wildfires, droughts, hurricanes, winter storms and other qualifying disasters experienced in calendar years 2020 and 2021.

For more information on ERP and ELRP eligibility, program provisions for historically underserved producers as well as frequently asked questions, producers can visit FSA Emergency Relief webpage. A new public dashboardon the ERP web page contains ERP payment information that can be sorted by crop type – specialty or non-specialty – specific products and status. FSA will update the dashboard every Monday.

Additional USDA Disaster Assistance information is available atfarmers.govincluding theDisaster Assistance Discovery Tool,Disaster Fact Sheet at a GlanceandAgricultural Loan Discovery Tool. For FSA and Natural Resources Conservation Service programs, growers should contact theirUSDA Service Center. For assistance with a crop insurance claim, producers and landowners should contact theircrop insurance agent.