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September 19, 2014
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Sept. 30 is the deadline for Arkansas growers of winter wheat and
oats to purchase crop insurance for the 2015 crop year. It is also the deadline for
insured growers to make any policy changes, such as adjusting their level of coverage
or to cancel their insurance.
Producers who do nothing will have the same level of coverage they had in 2014. All
cancellations must be done in writing.
“With severe storms and flooding becoming more common, producers should seriously
consider using crop insurance to help offset crop losses from natural disasters,”
says Dr. Henry English, director, Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas
at Pine Bluff. He also reminds farmers that flooding in late June of 2014 in East
Arkansas resulted in $35.6 million in crop losses with the soybean crop hardest hit
with $28.4 million and rice at $5.6 million.
The federal crop insurance program is designed to help farmers recover some portion
of expected income in case of crop loss or failure due to natural disasters which
include drought, hurricanes, tornadoes, high water, storms landslides, mudslides,
fires, floods or explosions.
Producers should check with their crop insurance agent for specific details for the
2015 crop year. If policies are not available in a particular county, producers should
ask an agent if they are eligible for coverage through a written agreement.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Program offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any
other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
By Carol Sanders, writer/editorUAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences(870) firstname.lastname@example.org