The deadline to insure Northeast spring crops for the 2017 crop year is March 15, 2017. Insurable spring crops include field and vegetable crops such as corn, soybeans, barley, oats, fresh market sweet corn, cabbage, processing beans, processing sweet corn, dry beans, green peas, fresh market beans, tomatoes, tobacco and potatoes. Coverage availability varies by county. Please take a look at our crop fact sheets here.
The crop insurance program has become the backbone of many Northeast farms’ risk management plans. Weather fluctuation and market volatility are major risks for crop producers. Crop insurance helps to manage these risks by providing protection against damage caused by weather, disease, insects or wildlife. Protection is also available if weather prevents the planting of crops or causes the need to replant crops. In addition, some crops can be protected against changing market prices.
The 2014 Farm Bill put crop insurance center stage for our nation’s farm safety net. The bill introduced a new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection program and added benefits for young and beginning farmers utilizing crop insurance. Additionally, beginning in the 2016 crop year, compliance with conservation requirements is necessary to receive a federal subsidy on crop insurance premiums.
To protect investments in the 2017 crop, spring crop producers should contact their Crop Growers agent well in advance of the March 15 deadline to sign up or to make changes to their coverage. Additionally, producers who are renewing coverage should report to their crop insurance agent any changes in their business, such as bringing a new member into the business entity or forming a LLC or corporation. To contact us, call 1-800-234-7012 or visit CropGrowers.com.