Risk Management Agency: USDA Adds Additional Flexibilities for Crop Insurance to Support America's Farmers and Ranchers
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- RMA Authorizes Self-Certification Replant Inspections and Waives Witness Signatures
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"RMA recognizes the challenges the crop insurance industry and America's farmers and ranchers face," RMA Administrator
Many state and local governments have issued "stay-at-home" orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which may prevent loss adjusters from completing on-the-farm replant inspections and obtaining associated signatures required for replant certification purposes. In the absence of "stay-at-home" orders, loss adjusters and policyholders may also be prevented from meeting in person due to concerns of spreading COVID-19.
For the 2020 crop year only, AIPs are authorized to allow self-certification replant inspections for up to 100 gross acres (before considering share) per unit in lieu of 50 acres.
Authorized crops for self-certification of up to 100 acres for replant include: barley and wheat not covered by the Winter Coverage Endorsement (both initially planted winter and spring crops), buckwheat, canola and rapeseed, corn, dry beans, flax (spring-seeded only), grain sorghum, mustard, oats (spring-seeded only), popcorn (including popcorn revenue), peanuts, safflowers, soybeans, sugar beets and sunflower seed.
Assignment of Indemnity
AIPs are authorized to waive the witness signature requirement for approval of Assignments through
RMA announced on
RMA staff is working with AIPs and other customers by phone, mail and electronically to continue supporting crop insurance coverage for producers. Farmers with crop insurance questions or needs should continue to contact their insurance agents about conducting business remotely (by telephone or email).
For the most current updates on available services, visit farmers.gov/coronavirus.
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