USDA’s Risk Management Agency is reminding growers that the final date to apply for crop insurance for spring crops such as barley, buckwheat, cabbage‚ canola, cigar-binder tobacco, corn, cucumbers, dry beans, dry peas, flax, grain sorghum, green peas, hemp, hybrid seed corn, oats, onions, popcorn, potatoes, processing beans, soybeans, sugarbeets, sunflowers, sweet corn and wheat is March 15 for the 2021 crop year.
Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing coverage also have until the March 15 sales closing date to do so.
Federal crop insurance is critical to the farm safety net, USDA says. It helps producers and owners manage revenue risks and strengthens the rural economy. Producers may select from several coverage options, including yield coverage, revenue protection and area risk policies.
Crop insurance for 2021
Producers are encouraged to visit their crop insurance agent soon to learn specific details for the 2021 crop year. Agents can help producers determine what policy works best for their operation, and review existing coverage to ensure the policy meets their needs.
RMA is authorizing additional flexibilities due to coronavirus while continuing to support producers. The agency is working through approved insurance providers to deliver services, including processing policies, claims and agreements. RMA staff are working with approved insurance providers and other customers by phone, mail and electronically to continue supporting crop insurance coverage for producers.
Farmers with crop insurance questions or needs should continue to contact their crop insurance agents about conducting business remotely by telephone or email. Find more information at farmers.gov/coronavirus.
Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available online using the RMA Agent Locator. Producers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online. Learn more about crop insurance and the modern farm safety net at rma.usda.gov.