Corn field blown downUSDA announced that it would indefinitely extend the deadline for producers to return the pre-filled applications for Phase One of the Emergency Relief Program (ERP). A new deadline will be announced after the last Phase One applications are mailed and provided at least 30 days following the mailing.

Continuing to build on the initial mailing of pre-filled applications in May, the Department will continue using existing information in USDA and crop insurance files to send additional pre-filled applications starting this week. While most crop insurance customers that may be eligible for ERP Phase One received the pre-filed applications in May, some should expect to receive a form in August.

>>Producers who had an eligible loss in 2020 that had been recorded in the crop insurance records as a 2019 loss (e.g., prevented planting claims); and

>>Producers with policies that required additional information before being able to calculate an indemnity for 2021 losses (producers with 2020 losses would have already received that application). Policies that require additional information include Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO), Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX), Margin Protection Plan (MP) or Area Risk Protection Insurance (ARPI).

With a host of many other resources from USDA, the ProAg website offers an online resource guide to help producers understand the resources available to them no matter the situation.

See a list of resources from USDA, RMA and from ProAg agents here.