USDA Encourages Affected Producers to Contact Agents for Delayed Harvest

A news release Thursday from USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) stated that, “The [USDA] said today that producers who currently participate in Federal crop insurance and are experiencing a delay in harvesting their crop should contact their Approved Insurance Provider (AIP) to file a Notice of Loss and request more time to harvest.

“Producers in several states, including Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, have been affected by extremely wet and snowy conditions early this fall.

“‘Farmers are having a hard time with weather this year, and this early fall snow is just another example of this year’s weather challenges,’ said Martin Barbre, Administrator of [RMA]. ‘Impacted producers covered by Federal crop insurance should contact their insurance agent as soon as possible to determine what actions they can take.'”

The release added that, “Producers must file a Notice of Loss and request more time to harvest before the end of the insurance period, so that Federal crop insurance claims are settled based on the amount of harvested production. The end of the insurance period for crops such as spring-planted wheat and barley is October 31 and for corn and soybeans is December 10.”

“More information on requesting assistance due to delayed harvest is available on RMA’s website. Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the RMA Agent Locator. Learn more about crop insurance and the modern farm safety net at”

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