USDA IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR TWO NEW EMERGENCY RELIEF AND PANDEMIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS:
As of Monday, January 23, 2023, The USDA is accepting applications from Farmers who are eligible for payments under two new emergency relief programs: (1) ERP 2, and (2) PARP. Both programs use tax records, in part, to determine eligibility and the calculation of any payments that a producer may be eligible for.
ERP 2 (Emergency Relief Program 2):
In general terms, ERP 2 provides assistance if a producer’s 2020 or 2021 revenues fall below either their 2018 or 2019 year revenue levels based on the program’s revenue definitions, due to a natural disaster, including drought. For drought, the Washington counties that USDA has determined are eligible for the 2020 and 2021 years are the following:
2020: Benton County, Chelan County, Douglas County, Franklin County, Grant County, Kittitas County, Klickitat County, Okanogan County, Walla Walla County, Yakima County
2021: Adams County, Asotin County, Benton County, Chelan County, Clark County, Columbia County, Cowlitz County, Douglas County, Ferry County, Franklin County, Garfield County, Grant County, Island County, Kittitas County, Klickitat County, Lincoln County, Okanogan County, Pend Oreille County, San Juan County, Skagit County, Skamania County, Spokane County, Stevens County, Walla Walla County, Whatcom County, Whitman County, Yakima County
PARP (Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program):
PARP provides financial assistance for producers who suffered at least a 15% decrease in allowable gross revenue for the 2020 calendar year, as compared to 2018 or 2019. A disaster is not a requirement under PARP. In general terms, PARP payments will be made on a whole-farm basis, not commodity-by-commodity. 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 must have experienced a 15 percent decrease in allowable gross revenue in 2020, as compared to either the 2018 or 2019 calendar year revenues. Note that any payments received by the producer will be reduced by any CFAP1, CFAP2, ERP1, ERP2, and other USDA pandemic-related programs.
Certain income limitations may limit eligibility under both ERP2 and PARP.
Additional information can be found at:
Please contact your Alegria CPA if you have questions about either PARP or ERP 2. You may also email email@example.com for assistance.