Quality Loss Adjustment funds will help producers affected by 2018-19 disasters

Producers who suffered crop losses from natural disasters in 2018 and 2019 can apply for up to $250,000 of relief through the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Quality Loss Adjustment Program beginning January 6th.

Assistance is available for producers in counties that received a presidential emergency disaster declaration or a secretarial disaster designation because of a qualifying disaster such as flood, drought, tornado or wildfire. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce says producers from other counties can still apply,

“But also must provide supporting documentation to establish that the crop was directly affected by a qualifying disaster event.”

He says eligible crops are those for which federal crop insurance or noninsured crop disaster assistance program coverage is available. Crops sold, stored, or fed to livestock may also be eligible.

“A producer’s harvested eligible crop must have had at least a 5% loss reflected through a quality discount or, if it is a forage crop, a nutrient loss to qualify.”

He adds more detail for drought-stricken areas.

“Producers are eligible for QLA if the loss occurred within an area rated by the Us Drought Monitor as having a D3 or higher intensity level anytime during 2018 or 2019.”

Fordyce says this is a stand-alone program, so farmers who received WHIP+ assistance are eligible. Payments will be distributed after applications close on March 5th.

Farmers should contact their local FSA office to apply or click here for more information.

Comments by Richard Fordyce during a media conference call

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