January 12, 2010
The Risk Management Agency in Spokane, Wash., wants growers to know that the signup periods for some protection programs will end soon.
Upcoming closing dates in the Spokane office region include:
Feb. 1: Final date to obtain or change Adjusted Gross Revenue Pilot insurance in select counties of Idaho, Oregon and Washington. It is also the final date to submit documents to continue or change 2010 AGR-Lite insurance for existing policy holders in those states.
Feb. 1: Final date to obtain or change crop insurance coverage for 2010 spring planted onions in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and cabbage in Oregon and Washington.
March 15: Final date to obtain 2010 AGR-Lite insurance for new applications in the tri-state Pacific Northwest, and final deadline to obtain or change all other spring seeded cop insurance coverage (excluding wheat in counties with fall and spring planted types).
The RMA office also reminds farmers of the important link between federal crop insurance and Farm Service Agency disaster programs. To maintain eligibility for FSA's disaster program, producers must obtain a policy or plan of insurance of at least catastrophic level coverage, if available.
For crops that are non-insurable, coverage under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program must also be obtained.
Farmers are urged to visit local FSA offices to ensure they are in compliance with the new linkage requirements. If there is no coverage in a county for a specific crop under the traditional MPCI program, growers may ask a crop insurance agent whether they would be eligible for coverage under a written agreement.
A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers, or at a Web site: www3.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents.
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