“It’s not nearly as simple as the 2004 program,” said Joe Davis Jr., a Wauchula-based grower, after a two-hour meeting with USDA officials on the new $2.63 billion Wildfires and Hurricane Indemnity Program, or WHIP, at the Highlands County Agri-Civic Center in Sebring.

Marcinda Kester, executive director of the USDA’s Polk County Farm Service Agency in Bartow, needed most of that two hours to review the details of applying for WHIP, including the records and information an applicant needs to provide to determine eligibility, as well as fielding questions from nearly 300 growers in attendance.

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