Crop insurance deadline nears for multiple Georgia crops
Georgia forage, livestock and honey producers have until Nov. 15 to apply for crop insurance coverage or make changes to their existing coverage under the 2014 farm bill.
Crop insurance provides protection against a loss in production due to natural perils, such as drought or excessive moisture.
Acreage intended for grazing and haying is insurable under the Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (PRF) program, and colonies of bees are insurable under the apiculture program. The PRF and apiculture programs for 2018 are under the Rainfall Index insurance plan.
Georgia apple, blueberry and peach growers have until Nov. 20 to apply for crop insurance coverage. Coverage is available for apple producers in Fannin, Gilmer and Rabun counties. Coverage is available for blueberries in Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Berrien, Brantley, Burke, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Jeff Davis, Lanier, Long, Pierce, Ware and Wayne counties. Coverage is available for peaches in Bacon, Banks, Brooks, Crawford, Dooly, Hall, Henry, Macon, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Oconee, Peach, Pierce, Pike and Taylor counties.
Growers are encouraged to visit their crop insurance agent soon to learn specific details for the 2017 crop year. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers by visiting the RMA agent locator a www.rma.usda.gov/tools/agent.html. Growers can use the RMA cost estimator at bit.ly/rmacost to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online. Learn more about crop insurance and the modern farm safety net at www.rma.usda.gov.