News Release

Crop Insurance Deadline Nears in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Virginia

Potato Growers Need to Make Insurance Decisions Soon

RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 27, 2019 — The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds potato growers in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Virginia that the final date to apply for crop insurance coverage for the 2020 crop year is January 31. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing policies also have until January 31 to do so.

Potato crop insurance has been expanded to Caroline, Dorchester, and Wicomico counties, Maryland; Morris County, New Jersey; and Chowan County, North Carolina. Growers also have until January 31 to apply for potato coverage.

Federal crop insurance is critical to the farm safety net. It helps producers and owners manage revenue risks and strengthens the rural economy. Coverage for potatoes is available in select counties. Additional information can be found on the Actuarial Information Browser page on the RMA website.

Growers are encouraged to visit their crop insurance agent soon to learn specific details for the 2020 crop year, including insurance for potatoes. Additional crops or counties may be eligible for coverage under a written agreement. 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.

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