Specialty, Organic Numbers Continue To Climb

Not only has production of specialty crops, organic crops, local food, and greenhouse production grown in recent years, but as the RMA’s acting Administrator Richard Flournoy pointed out, so has crop insurance offerings in those areas. “All the growth we’ve had in those programs over the years, as well as the interest in those programs […]

Changes Coming To WFRP

According to the USDA, updates will be in place next crop year for organic and aquaculture producers who used the Whole Farm Revenue Protection Plan. “One of those is we’re increasing expansion limits for organic producers to be the higher of $500,000 dollars or 35%. that will allow organic entities to go out and get […]

Farmers Feedback Leads To Insurance Updates

The USDA recently asked crop insurance policy holders provided feedback regarding two nationwide pilot programs. The results have led to updates to both the Pasture Rangeland and Forage pilot insurance program and the apiculture pilot insurance program. USDA Risk Management Agency Acting Administrator, Richard Flournoy on the the most notable updates: “Typically that sales closing date […]

Growers Reminded To Be Patient When Dealing With Crop Insurance

This year has been very disappointing for wheat growers for a variety of reasons, whether that’s because of poor yields, high protein numbers or a host of other issues. Because of that, more and more growers are turning to crop insurance to help offset the disappointments of 2021. Washington State University’s Aaron Esser, said when […]

USDA Extends Crop Insurance Deadlines

Earlier this week, RMA authorized Approved Insurance Providers to extend deadlines for producers. The extension includes premium and administrative fee payments, deferring and waiving the resulting interest accrual and other flexibilities to help farmers and ranchers through widespread drought. Producers now have additional time to pay premium and administrative fees, and interest will be waived […]

USDA: Emergency Procedures Will Help Producers With Crop Insurance Needs

According to the USDA, new emergency procedures in crop insurance flexibility will help producers in parts of the nation impacted by severe drought. Acting RMA Administrator, Richard Flournoy, said the emergency procedures authorize insurance companies to expedite the claims process: such as streamlining paperwork, and taking in considerations regarding the producer. “We’ve provided some guidance […]

RMA Authorizes Emergency Procedures to Help Drought-Impacted Producers

On Tuesday, the Department of Agriculture authorized emergency procedures to help farmers impacted by extreme drought conditions. USDA’s Risk Management Agency is working with crop insurance companies to streamline and accelerate the adjustment of losses and issuance of indemnity payments to crop insurance policyholders in impacted areas. These new crop insurance flexibilities are part of […]

Farm Community Says Crop Insurance Needs To Be Fixed

Last week, farm experts from across the country told House Ag lawmakers that crop insurance and other farm safety net programs are working, but the pandemic has shown that some fixes are needed. Farmers needed more than crop insurance and for ARC and PLC to survive the pandemic as well as the trade wars, programs […]

USDA Changes Cover Crop Grazing Policy

The Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that farmers with crop insurance can now hay, graze or chop cover crops for silage, haylage or baleage at any time and still receive 100% of the prevented planting payment. Previously, cover crops could only be hayed, grazed or chopped after November 1, otherwise the prevented planting payment was […]

Vilsack: We’re Working On Re-staffing NRCS, FSA

FSA and NRCS offices are understaffed as the U.S. emerges from the pandemic, but Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack insists the needed work is getting done. Vilsack said USDA is trying to get staff back in the office, but returning to pre-pandemic levels will take time. He noted, FSA offices are currently at 75% capacity, while […]