USDA Adds Flexibilities for Crop Insurance to Support America’s Farmers and Ranchers

A news release on Friday from USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) stated that, “[RMA] is authorizing additional flexibilities due to coronavirus while continuing to support producers, working through Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) to deliver services, including processing policies, claims and agreements. These flexibilities include: enabling producers to send notifications and reports electronically, extending the date for production reports and providing additional time and deferring interest on premium and other payments.

“‘Crop insurance will continue to support farmers through the challenges ahead, and our RMA team is here to support them,’ RMA Administrator Martin Barbre said. ‘We are working with the AIPs to continue to deliver crop insurance and to respond to farmer needs.'”

Friday’s update stated that, “RMA staff are working with AIPs 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 insurance agents about conducting business remotely (by telephone or email).

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