USDA Extends COVID-19 Flexibilities

USDA’s Risk Management Agency is extending crop insurance flexibilities for producers during COVID-19. Specifically, the relief provided for electronic notifications and signatures that are extended through July 15th. Organic certification, replant certification, and assignment of indemnity is extended through June 30th.

“We recognize that American agriculture continues to face challenges due to COVID-19,” said RMA Administrator Martin Barbre. “RMA remains committed to providing the flexibility that supports the health and safety of all parties while also ensuring that the federal crop insurance program continues to serve as a vital risk management tool.”

RMA is also allowing Approved Insurance Providers further flexibilities for production reporting, submitting written agreement requests, and obtaining producer signatures for written agreement offers. Producers’ signatures for written agreement offers issued by RMA on or before June 30th, with an expiration date on or before July 30th, will allow producer signatures to get accepted after the expiration date with proper self-certification or documentation.

However, all documentation and signatures for these offers must be completed no later than August 2nd. For more information, visit the RMA’s Website, or contact your crop insurance agent.

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