Northey Discusses New Quality Loss Program

The USDA has announced a new program to help eligible producers who suffered from crop quality loss because of natural disasters. That was Undersecretary Bill Northey said the program looks at those who suffered losses from excess moisture, wildfires and more in 2018 and 2019. “And while we had good models to be able to […]

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 […]

Barbre Highlights Prevented Planting Changes

A task force led by the Risk Management Agency convened this spring to discuss and recommend improvements to prevented plating crop insurance. RMA Administrator Marin Barbre, said the results are improvements that recently took effect and are available for the 2021 crop year. “We’re seeing some places in the country where prevent plant was becoming […]

USDA Announces Expansion, Other Improvements to Hemp Crop Insurance

On Monday, the USDA announced the expansion of the pilot Multi-Peril Crop Insurance plan for hemp. The expansion and other improvements to the plan, will begin in the 2021 crop year. USDA Risk Management Agency Administrator Martin Barbre said, “Hemp offers exciting economic opportunities for our nation’s farmers, and we are listening and responding to […]

Hoeven Highlights Ag Appropriations Bill as Process Begins

Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chair John Hoeven says the Senate version of the fiscal year 2021 Ag appropriations Bill fully funds farm loan programs and supports rural innovation. The North Dakota Republican added it will also bolster future agricultural research. Hoeven told the Hagstrom Report that, “As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, we’ve […]

Washington’s Berg Named To Crop Insurance Corporation Board of Directors

Nicole Berg is currently the National Association of Wheat Growers Vice President. But the Paterson, WA grower recently added to her resume after she was appointed to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board of Directors. “I look forward to representing specialty crops across the U.S. [It’s] a great honor, and I’m excited for the new […]

Enrollment Begins for 2021 ARC, PLC

Enrollment is now open for farmers interested in participating in the Agriculture Risk Coverage, or Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2021 crop year. The key Department of Agriculture safety-net programs help producers weather fluctuations in either revenue or price for certain crops. USDA said more than $5 billion in payments are in the process […]

USDA Extends Deadline, Defers Interest Accrual Due to COVID-19

The RMA says it will authorize Approved Insurance Providers to extend premium deadlines for fee payments, defer the resulting interest accrual, and give them other flexibilities. The goal is to help farmers, ranchers, and insurance providers who are affected by COVID-19. “USDA recognizes farmers and ranchers have been severely affected by COVID-19 this year and […]

USDA Provides New Crop Insurance Options

Earlier this week, the USDA announced changes to several crop insurance policies that the agency says improves options for producers. USDA introduced the Quality Loss Option, a new unit structure assignment option for Enterprise Units and new procedures for Multi-County Enterprise Units. Risk Management Agency Administrator Martin Barbre said the changes “provide producers more flexibility […]

Deadline for Farmer Assistance Programs Fast Approaching

Producers, if you are eligible to enroll in either of the Farm Bill farm safety net crop programs, Agricultural Risk coverage, or price loss coverage and you have not yet done so for 2020, don’t wait. The sign-up deadline is June 30th. “The 2020 sign up is just a continuation of those decisions that were […]