USDA Crop Insurance Deadlines for California Fast Approaching

Sacramento, California - USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds producers that the sales closing dates for several crop insurance programs are almost here. Producers need to make sure to sign up, review, or change their crop policies before these dates have passed.

January 31, 2014 is the last day to buy or change a policy for Adjusted Gross Revenue, apples, cherries, chile peppers, fresh market and processing tomatoes, grapes and table grapes, olives, pears, pecans, potatoes (spring planted in San Joaquin County), stone fruits, and walnuts.

February 1, 2014 is the last day to buy or change a policy for onions in Modoc and Siskiyou counties.

Producers who purchased crop insurance are covered for all natural causes of loss listed in their policies. Policies are yield and revenue based and vary across commodities and regions. Producers can tailor their coverage to fit the needs of their operation with a choice of coverage levels that range from 50 to 75, or 85 percent on some policies.

More information on specific crop programs can be found in the crop insurance fact sheets online at www.rma.usda.gov/aboutrma/fields/ca_rso/. Producers can get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs with the online cost estimator at http://ewebapp.rma.usda.gov/apps/costestimator/

Private crop insurance agents are solely responsible for the sale and delivery of the federal crop insurance program. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers or at: www.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents/.

For further information, please contact the USDA Risk Management Agency – Davis Regional Office at (530) 792-5870

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