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2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program

The 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) provides disaster payments to producers to offset losses from hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters. 2017 WHIP is specifically targeted to losses of crops, trees, bushes, and vines that occurred in the 2017 and 2018 calendar years.

Enrollment for 2017 WHIP originally ended on November 16, 2018, but has recently been extended for specific new disasters and eligible crop losses identified in September 2019.

2019 program updates

On September 11, 2019, 2017 WHIP eligibility will be expanded to accommodate new disasters and crop losses experienced in 2017 and 2018.

New 2017 eligibility criteria

  • Losses due to Tropical Storm Cindy
  • Losses due to hurricane damage
  • Losses of peach crops due to extreme cold
  • Losses of blueberry crops due to extreme cold
  • Blueberry productivity losses due to hurricane damage

New 2018 eligibility criteria

  • Blueberry productivity losses due to extreme cold

Learn more about the program

Check on the status of your application

Have you already completed a 2017 Wildfire and Hurricanes Indemnity Program application? You can view and track your application through the authenticated portal. Visit to learn more about the portal and e-authentication.

Find Your Local Service Center

We are committed to delivering USDA services to America’s farmers and ranchers while taking safety measures in response to COVID-19. While employees continue to staff our Service Centers, some are only available for phone appointments at this time. You can learn the status of your service center through this tool. Learn more at

USDA Service Centers are locations where you can connect with Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or Rural Development employees for your business needs. Enter your state and county below to find your local service center and agency offices. If this locator does not work in your browser, please visit

Visit the Risk Management Agency website to find a regional or compliance office or to find an insurance agent near you.

Prepare for Your Visit to the Service Center

Producers who have not participated in a USDA program should contact their local USDA service center to establish farm records. To establish a farm tract number, be sure to bring the following items:

checkbox imageProof of identity such as driver’s license or Social Security number/card
checkbox imageCopy of recorded deed, survey plat, rental, or lease agreement of the land (You do not have to own property to participate in USDA programs.)
checkbox imageArticles of incorporation, estate, or trust documents for entities

For 2017 WHIP we also recommend that you bring:

checkbox imageVerifiable and reliable production records by crop, type, practice, intended use, and acres if not already on file