The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the deadline for the Emergency Relief Program Phase Two and Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program to July 14, to give producers more time to apply for assistance. The original deadline was June 2.
Additionally, USDA’s Farm Service Agency is partnering with nine organizations to provide educational and technical assistance to agricultural producers who need assistance completing an ERP Phase Two application. The extended deadline will give producers more time to work with these partner organizations and apply for assistance.
USDA will also host a webinar that focus on completing the PARP application form on June 8 from 2-4 p.m. ET with members of the National Farm Income Tax Extension Committee: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_eBiWrnhXQhyveSyz85BzqQ
To be eligible for ERP Phase Two, producers must have suffered a decrease in allowable gross revenue in 2020 or 2021 due to necessary expenses related to losses of eligible crops from a qualifying natural disaster event. Assistance will be primarily to producers of crops that were not covered by Federal Crop Insurance or NAP, since crops covered by Federal Crop Insurance and NAP were included in the assistance under ERP Phase One.
To be eligible for PARP, an agricultural producer must have been in the business of farming during at least part of the 2020 calendar year and had a 15 percent or greater decrease in allowable gross revenue for the 2020 calendar year, as compared to a baseline year.
FSA offers an online ERP tool and PARP tool that can help producers determine what is considered allowable gross revenue for each respective program.
Producers should contact their local FSA office to make an appointment to apply for ERP Phase Two and PARP assistance. Producers should also keep in mind that July 15 is a major deadline to complete acreage reports for most crops. FSA encourages producers to complete the ERP Phase Two application, PARP application and acreage reporting during the same office visit.