Feb. 28 is Deadline for Crop Insurance Decisions

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Feb. 28 is the deadline for Arkansas row crop producers to make all crop insurance decisions for spring crops. Growers have until that date to decide if they want to purchase crop insurance, reinstate crop insurance, which crops they want to insure and their levels of coverage for the 2012 crop insurance year.

Arkansas row crops affected by the Feb. 28 date are corn, cotton, soybeans, rice and grain sorghum. Arkansas tomato growers can also purchase crop insurance even though fresh market tomatoes are not a row crop. Tomato growers must make similar decisions, but they have until March 15 to do so, says Dr. Henry English, director of the Small Farm Project at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).

Farmers must notify their crop insurance agent in writing by Feb. 28 to cancel their crop insurance. If farmers do nothing, their current level of insurance will roll over. Now is not the time to be canceling crop insurance, says Dr. English. With changing weather patterns, the opposite is true.

Small, limited resource or family farmers may be exempt from certain administrative fees, says Dr. English, but limited resource status differs depending upon which county the farmer resides. To check if you qualify as a limited resource or for specific information on crop insurance, check with your local crop insurance agent.

Travis Johnson, FSA risk management specialist, will discuss crop insurance as part of the Rural Life Conference workshop “USDA Programs for Operating Farms and Ranches,” Feb. 24 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. To pre-register for the conference, contact Margaret Taylor at (870) 575-7144 or taylorml@uapb.edu.

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