2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (WHIP)

Funder Name or Agency: USDA FSA
Funding Sources: Federal Agency
Deadline: July 16, 2018
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The 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) is providing disaster payments to agricultural producers to offset losses from hurricanes and wildfires during 2017.  The funds – up to $2.36 billion – are available through the new program. 2017 was a historic year for natural disasters, and Congress appropriated more than $3 billion in disaster relief through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which includes this new program.

USDA will hold a sign-up for the new program beginning no later than July 16, 2018. More information on how to apply will be available in the coming weeks.

Wildfire Recovery: Any crop, tree, bush or vine, damaged by a 2017 wildfire is eligible. FSA will determine eligibility on an individual basis, factoring in the level of insurance coverage purchased for that crop. Wildfire recovery will also include mudslides resulting from the effects of wildfires.