WHIP Funds Available for Damage Caused by California Wildfires

  • Oct 03, 2018

California avocado growers who experienced losses due to the 2017 California wildfires are encouraged to sign up for the 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (WHIP). The deadline to sign up for the WHIP program is November 16, 2018.

WHIP payments are determined based on the individual’s expected value of the lost crop, the value of the crop harvest, insurance coverage and insurance payments received. The program covers the loss of crops and trees, as well as losses due to mudslides and heavy smoke.

Producers are limited to a $125,000 payment unless they can verify that three-fourths or more of their income is derived from an agricultural-based business — then the payment limit is $900,000.

Both growers with or without federal crop insurance can apply for WHIP, but all producers receiving 2017 WHIP payments will be required to purchase risk management coverage for the next two crop years at a minimum of 60 percent coverage level.

To sign up for the program, growers should visit their regional FSA office. Producers will need to bring the following documentation with them:

  • Verifiable and reliable production records by crop, type, practice, intended use and acres.
  • Production records for the last five years; if growers do not have production records, the USDA will calculate yield based on 65 percent of county expected yield.
  • If you do not have a farm tract number, you will need to provide identification (driver’s license, Social Security number/card), copy of recorder deed, survey plat, rental or lease agreement of the land, and corporation, estate or trust documents.

For more information, visit the USDA’s Disaster Resource Center, or call 805.928.9269 ext. 2 (Ventura and Santa Barbara counties) or 760.347.3675 ext. 107 (Riverside and San Diego counties).

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