Farmers have 5 extra months to purchase crop insurance, USDA says

Like so many other things impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the USDA is extending the registration process for the Approved Insurance Provider (AIP) Program for Farmers until June 30, 2022 or later.

Originally, these flexibilities expired this month.

“Our priority is to keep our growers and partners as safe as possible, while continuing to provide the best possible service,” Marcia Bunger, USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) administrator, said in a statement. Press. “These unique times require everyone to be careful and as flexible as possible, and these additional flexibilities will help us achieve those goals.”

Extended deadlines include:
• Allow electronic delivery of notifications, including policy information via telephone or other electronic methods to select policy choices based on sales close, acreage reports, and sales report dates. production, including options, riders and their forms. Producers can sign electronically or within 60 calendar days.
• Allow producers to submit a written agreement request after the sales closing date.
• Allow producers who are unable to physically sign a written agreement due to COVID-19 to do so after the expiration date.
• Allow AIPs more time to accept applications for Regional Office Fixed Yield, Main Yield and Irrigated Fixed Yield for Class B (annual) crops.
• Allow AIPs to request a 30-day extension to submit specified yield requests for category C (perennial) crops.
• Waiver of witness signature requirement for approval of indemnity assignments.

Additional details can be found in RMA’s January 20, 2022 Manager’s Bulletin, Frequently Asked Questions, or farmers.gov/coronavirus.

More information

RMA staff are working with AIPs and other customers by phone, mail and electronically to continue to support growers’ crop insurance coverage, according to the news release. Farmers with crop insurance questions or needs should continue to contact their insurance agents to conduct business remotely (by phone or email). More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

Crop insurance is sold and issued only 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 agricultural safety net at rma.usda.gov.

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