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Emergency Relief Program Phase 1 Wrapping Up, Phase 2 Coming Soon

Phase one of the Emergency Relief Program is about to wrap up and has a deadline rapidly approaching. Zach Ducheneaux, Farm Service Agency Administrator, talks about the final part of ERP Phase One.

“The last phase of ERP Phase One is currently wrapping up. We’re doing a sweep of all of our records to see what indemnified losses we have that may be attributable to eligible weather events, and we’re gonna send out that pre-populated form there as well and producers have until December 16 to get that in. That’s when we’re going to close the door on ERP Phase One.

ERP Phase Two is coming soon.

“ERP Phase Two is currently in our rulemaking process, and we hope to have something out on that in the next couple or three weeks because we’ve got holidays coming in here. So, producers can stay tuned. We’d love to have that rolled out as soon as we can and get to work on getting ERP Phase Two out the door in a streamlined process as possible.”

Phase Two will be different than the first round of disaster assistance/

“As we have contemplated this particular round of disaster assistance that we’ve been authorized to deliver, we’ve been thinking about how do we streamline these and how do we build something that is there should there ever be the need for Congress to allocate more resources towards additional disaster assistance. By virtue of that, and in order to ensure that we’re getting to everybody that had some type of attributable loss, we’re going to take a revenue-based approach with ERP Phase Two and compare the revenue during the disaster year or years to a reference year that predates the disaster.”

FSA is using a revenue-based approach to help fill in any assistance gaps in previous disaster programs.

“Another important component is that we’re rolling out the Capstone Program of our Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program as well, and that also is going to be a revenue-based approach. We think that’s a good tool to fill in those gaps that may exist when you only consider indemnified crops that have either a disaster program covering them or an insurance program covering them. It’s going to be a revenue-based approach, so it’s hopefully the wave of the future.”