Crop insurance deadlines near for multiple Georgia commodities
Georgia farmers who maintain pasture, rangeland and honeybee colonies have until Nov. 15 to apply for crop insurance coverage or make changes to their existing coverage. Acreage intended for grazing and haying is insurable under the Pasture, Rangeland and Forestland (PRF) program, while colonies of bees are insurable under the apiculture program. Both programs are under the Rainfall Index insurance plan, and coverage is available for all Georgia counties.
Apple, blueberry and peach growers, as well as producers interested in Whole Farm Revenue Protection policies and are late fiscal-year filers, have until Nov. 20 to enroll in new crop insurance policies or make changes in existing ones.
Coverage is available for apples 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. Coverage is available for whole farm revenue protection in all Georgia counties.
Growers are encouraged to visit their crop insurance agent soon to learn specific details for the 2019 crop year. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers by visiting the RMA agent locator at 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.