Policyholder Updates

What's New? 

As your Approved Insurance Provider (AIP), NAU Country takes pride in keeping you up-to-date on crop insurance changes. The following have been issued by the Risk Management Agency (RMA). We have provided a summary of each of the changes, but to find out more you can click on the link(s) below to be routed directly to the bulletin(s).

 

August 31, 2021

August 30, 2021

August 27, 2021

August 2, 2021

July 27, 2021

  • MGR-21-007: 2022 Crop Year County Fall Crop Program Expansions
    • THE FCIC has expanded the number of counties where certain crops are insurable for the 2022 crop year having a June 30 contract change date. The 2022 Expansion of Existing Fall Crop Programs include:
      • Barley | Indiana | Ripley County
      • Barley | Ohio | Medina County

July 13, 2021

July 6, 2021

June 30, 2021

The following changes are applicable for the 2022 and succeeding crop years: 

  • Revision of the definitions of "Adjacent County" and "County Loss Trigger";
  • Added the definition of "County";
  • Clarification of the impact of changing your coverage in subsequent crop years, and limitations imposed on coverage resulting from said changes;
  • Revision to determine eligible areas where a loss is not triggered for your county before you report your acreage for the underlying policy;
  • Clarification that only one administrative fee per crop, per county, is owed for the HIP-WI, and;
  • Revisions to the methodology for establishing triggered counties in the Hurricane Data Provisions.

The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amended the ARPI and CCIP Basic Provisions for the 2022 and succeeding crop years for crops with a contract date on or after June 30, 2021, and for all other crops the changes are applicable for the 2023 and succeeding crop years with the following changes: 

  • CCIP and ARPI Basic Provisions
    • Revise the definition of "veteran farmer or rancher" to allow legal entity, comprised only of the veteran and their spouse, to qualify as a veteran farmer or rancher when a qualifying veteran has a non-veteran spouse.
  • CCIP Basic Provisions
    • Clarify that the notice of loss provisions apply for Quality Loss Option eligibility. 
    • Allow Crop Provisions to have enterprise units (EU) if allowed by the Crop Provisions. This change will allow separate EUs by type for wheat, dry beans, and dry peas through the Crop Provisions.
    • Allow a producer to report acreage as certified organic or as acreage in transition to organic, when the producer certifies that they have requested, in writing, a written certification or other written documentation from a certifying agent on or before the acreage reporting date.

June 25, 2021

The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board of Directors amended the Small Grains Crop Provisions for the 2022 and succeeding crop years. These provisions were revised to allow for additional unit divisions for wheat and to make discretionary changes to clarify provisions for counties with spring-planted acreage, fall-planted acreage, or both.

June 24, 2021

The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board of Directors approved changes to the Malting Barley Endorsement, under section 508(h) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act, on May 21, 2021. 

The following changes are applicable for the 2022 and succeeding crop years: 

  • Expand to Decatur and Ripley counties in Indiana and Medina county in Ohio.  
  • Clarify and align claim-related date specifications with other procedure and policy.

The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) amended the Dry Bean and Dry Pean Crop Provisions for the 2022 and succeeding crop years, with the following changes: 

  • Allowed enterprise unit division by type for producers to be indemnified separately by type. 
  • Allowed Dry Bean "Types" to include crops that are insured by written agreement.
  • Clarified which Dry Pea sales closing date applies in dual counties when (insurable) fall planted acreage exists.

June 16, 2021

June 1, 2021

  • MGR-21-003 and information on COVID-19 Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP)

    The Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced the availability of funding under the Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP) to assist agricultural producers impacted by the effects of COVID-19. Cover crop maintenance was challenging due to the economic impacts of the pandemic. For the 2021 crop year, PCCP premium support is available to eligible producers for eligible insured acres on a spring crop insurance policy.

Press Release - Published June 1, 2021 - Producers with Crop Insurance to receive premium benefit for cover crops

Read more in the Pandemic Cover Crop Program National Fact Sheet at https://www.rma.usda.gov/en/Fact-Sheets/National-Fact-Sheets/Pandemic-Cover-Crop-Program 

Please see the bulletin released by the RMA: MGR-21-003: COVID-19 Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP) 

Additional resources attached regarding PCCP: 

May 13, 2021

April 30, 2021

April 29, 2021

April 28, 2021

April 22, 2021

July 31, 2020

  • Informational Memorandum: COM-20-003: 1st crop CCIP / 2nd crop RIVI - Annual Forage Double Cropping 
  • Read the full RMA Bulletin HERE.

July 27, 2020

  • Informational Memorandum OA-20-002: Customer Survey
  • Read the full RMA bulletin HERE

 

2020 Provision Updates

 

2019 Provision Updates

  • PM-19-071 - Sugar Beets
    • The FCIC amended the Sugar Beet Crop Provisions for the 2020 and succeeding crop years in all counties with a November 30 contract change date and 2021 and succeeding crop years for all other counties, with the following changes:
      • Revised the maximum early harvest adjustment to the higher of the producer’s approved actual production history yield or the actual yield of the sugar beets harvested after full maturity from the unit;
      • Replaced the definition of “processor contract” with “production agreement,” which does not require a price or formula based on third party data;
      • Revised the production agreement deadline from the time of loss to the acreage reporting date;
      • Clarified when to apply the early harvest adjustment;
      • Added procedures allowing third parties to test raw sugar content in addition to the processor; and
      • Added salvage value procedures for damaged production.
  • PM-19-070 - Coarse Grains
    • The FCIC revised the Coarse Grains Crop Provisions to allow separate enterprise or optional units by following another crop (FAC) and not following another crop (NFAC) cropping practices for grain sorghum and soybeans when allowed by the actuarial documents, and to make other technical edits. The changes will be effective for the 2020 and succeeding crop years.
  • PM-19-068 - Hybrid Seed Rice
    • The FCIC revised the Hybrid Seed Rice Crop Provisions to remove the definition of “adjusted yield” and clarify definitions for “amount of insurance per acre” and “county yield”. The changes are applicable for the 2020 and succeeding crop years..
  • PM-19-067 - Sweet Potatoes
    • The FCIC Board of Directors approved changes to the Sweet Potato crop insurance program, under section 508(h) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act, on September 20, 2019. The following changes are applicable for the 2020 and succeeding crop years:
      • Allowance of optional units;
      • Removal of the 4-year production requirement for insurance;
      • Increase in the allowable acreage expansion from 110 to 115 percent of historical acreage;
      • Revision to loss adjustment procedures for irregularly-shaped fields.
  • PM-19-066 - Hybrid Sweet Corn
    • The FCIC revised the Hybrid Sweet Corn Seed Crop Provisions to clarify the definitions of hybrid sweet corn seed processor contract and amount of insurance per acre. The changes are applicable for the 2020 and succeeding crop years.
  • PM-19-061 - Fresh Market Beans
    • FCIC revised the Fresh Market Bean Crop Provisions to allow separate coverage levels by type (planting period) and to make other policy clarifications. The changes are applicable for the 2020 crop year.

You can access your policy provisions at any time by going to https://www.naucountry.com/myprovisions.

Please contact your NAU Country Agent with any questions.