One week after his visit, just such a disaster occurred. Hurricane Hermine struck the Sunshine State, the first time in more than a decade that Florida suffered a direct hit.
"Crop insurance keeps a lot of farmers in business," Willis said during a telephone interview on
That's particularly true in
Willis, the administrator of the federal
They talked. They listened. Willis said a planning meeting will be convened soon to debrief and figure out next steps.
Federally subsidized crop insurance is a big topic of interest in the agricultural world. Nationwide, farmers had
In addition to listening, Willis also wants to spread the word about the relatively new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection program and other insurance products.
Whole-Farm Revenue Protection, as the name suggests, covers all the crops on smaller, diversified farms. The program, which started last year, had 1,103 policies nationwide.
The feds also have a special program for organic agriculture; it oversaw almost
Farmers who seek information about crop insurance are advised to follow these steps:
* Go to the
* Contact a local crop insurance agent using RMA's agent locator: rma.usda.gov/tools/agent.html.
* Call the
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