USDA's Risk Management Agency in Spokane, Wash., reports increased participation in the Multi-Peril Crop Insurance program for Idaho, Oregon and Washington, but reminds those still not signed up that they only have until Sept. 30 to do so.
That's the deadline for mint with winter coverage; forage production in Klamath and Malheur Oregon counties; forage alfalfa seed pilot; fall planted barley with winter coverage in select counties; fall planted dry bean/lentils with winter coverage in select counties; wheat; apiculture (honey) and pasture rangeland forage.
"The COMBO (Common Crop Insurance Policy Policy) rule transformed the Actual Production History, Crop Revenue Coverage, Revenue Assurance and Income Protection Plans into a single insurance policy for the 2011 crop year, and greatly simplified the insurance process for producers," says Spokane RMA Regional Office Director Dave Paul.
COMBO was rolled out last year, fundamentally revising and creating one insurance out of four similar plans.
"Producer response has been nothing but positive," adds Paul. "Consider wheat – there was an additional 109,641 wheat acres insured – with yield and revenue coverage in 2011 in the region."
To date, 3,832,000 acres of Idaho, Oregon and Washington wheat are in the program, up more than 10,000 from last year. Dollar coverage for the crop has grown from $960,422,000 in 2010 to $1,358,985,000 this year.
"While producers are winding-down their current wheat harvest, we want to remind Pacific Northwest farmers of sales the closing deadline for their 2012 fall crops are just a few short weeks away," says Paul.
Current policyholders and uninsured growers must make all of their decisions on crop insurance coverage, particularly which crops to insure and which level or type of coverage to obtain, prior to the closing date.
If MPCI Coverage for a crop, Type or Practices is not generally available in a county, producers may request insurance coverage by completing and submitting a Request for Actuarial Change form through a crop insurance agent.
A list of agents is available at http://www3.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents.