News Release

Crop Insurance Deadline Nears in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia

Beekeepers and Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Producers Need to Make Insurance Decisions Soon

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 15, 2019 – The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds beekeepers and pasture, rangeland, and forage producers that the final date to apply for crop insurance coverage under the Rainfall Index program for the 2020 crop year is November 15, 2019. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing policies also have until November 15 to do so.

The Rainfall Index is a group policy that covers apiculture as well as pasture, rangeland, and forage grown for grazing or harvested for hay. The Rainfall Index uses National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data. Insurance payments to a producer who suffers a loss are calculated on the deviation from normal precipitation with the area and time period selected.

A nationwide insurance coverage map is available on the RMA website at A mapping tool is also available for producers to locate which land is insurable and has historical data and coverage details. Apiculture coverage has been expanded to Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. Additional information can be found on the Actuarial Information Browser page on the RMA website.

Producers are encouraged to visit their crop insurance agent soon to learn specific details for the 2020 crop year. Crop insurance coverage decisions must be made on or before the sales closing date.

Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely 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. Producers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online. Learn more about crop insurance and the modern farm safety net at


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