New WHIP+ Program Announced
Federal aid assistance will soon be available for wine grape growers who suffered financial losses as a result of wildfires, smoke, drought and other natural disasters in 2020-2021. A new Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) was recently signed into law and $10 billion will be made available specifically for the wine industry.
The process and portal for applying for this aid have not yet been set-up but is anticipated to be open by the end of 2021 or early 2022. We will keep members apprised of developments and encourage any interested members to apply early. High demand for this funding is expected due to the many fires affecting California’s wine grape industry the past two seasons. Read more about the bill here and read the summary here.