Crop Insurance Deadline Nears in Maine for Spring Planted Crops, Micro Farm, and Whole-Farm Revenue Protection
RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 15, 2023 — The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds Maine corn, forage seeding, fresh market sweet corn, green pea, hemp, potato, soybean, spring barley, spring oats, and spring wheat growers that the final date to apply for crop insurance coverage for the 2023 crop year is March 15. Growers also have until March 15 to apply for coverage under the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection policy, including Micro Farm coverage. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing policies also have until March 15 to do so.
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 corn, forage seeding, fresh market sweet corn, green peas, hemp, potatoes, soybeans, spring barley, spring oats, and spring wheat 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 2023 crop year. Additional crops 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 coverage for potatoes has been expanded for the 2023 crop year to include Androscoggin County.
RMA is authorizing additional flexibilities due to coronavirus while continuing to support producers, working through Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) to deliver services, including processing policies, claims and agreements. RMA staff are working with AIPs and other customers by phone, mail and electronically to continue supporting crop insurance coverage for producers. On farmers.gov, you can find more information on USDA’s response and relief for producers and use other tools and resources.
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. Learn more about crop insurance and the modern farm safety net at rma.usda.gov.
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