If you haven’t applied for the second phase of ERP, there’s still time

There is still time for producers to apply for the second phase of USDA’s Emergency Relief Program.

Producers can get help if they suffered eligible crop losses because of natural disaster during crop years 2020 and 2021. The second phase allows the producer to take a reference year and make an application based on the affected year. Eligibility and payments will be based on the difference in that revenue. The program also allows producers impacted by the pandemic to get help.

Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux explains.

“As we navigate through the end of the national disaster surrounding COVID, we’re happy to be able to offer the PARP program, Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program to producers to help fill in the gaps and catch anybody that we missed with the robust suite of other pandemic assistance that were offered in the last couple of years. So in the Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program, we are allowing producers to elect a reference year that is pre-pandemic and use their allowable gross revenue for calendar year 2020 as a comparison, and if they had a 15% or greater decrease in allowable gross revenue, we’re going to be able to provide them with some assistance to help mitigate the lingering impacts of the economic reality of the pandemic on their operation.”

Applications for the program can be submitted at a local FSA office and are due by June 2nd.