As with Irma, hurricane Michael has spurred an allocation of money, $3 billion, to be distributed as disaster relief. Dubbed the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+), this package was passed months ago and the details of its timeline as well as eligibility were announced about 1.5 weeks ago.

Crop losses, including bush, vines and trees, caused by natural disasters in the 2018-2019 growing season are covered under WHIP+. This also includes losses to stored commodities on-site such as milk.

Sign-ups began Sept 11th and are being handled through the Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices around the state.

In talking to ours in Crisp/Dooly last week I was informed that they’re just taking names right now, already three pages of them, and will call interested parties back to come in and sign the appropriate application(s).

For details about eligibility and necessary documentation, including proof of identity, crop loss, and crop records follow the links below.

Further questions or to start the application process call you local FSA office. For Crisp: 229-273-4148 (Tuesdays & Wednesdays); for Dooly: 229-268-4131 (Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays).


Best Wishes,

Joshua Grant