Crop insurance deadline near


Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) Director Jillian Froment reminds farmers that the final date to purchase or modify federal crop insurance coverage on 2019 spring-planted crops is March 15.

“Crop insurance provides a strong protective umbrella for farmers,” said Froment. “They should speak with an insurance agent to purchase their coverage before the deadline.”

Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. Federally-subsidized, multiple-peril crop insurance covers certain weather, pest, and revenue related losses. This coverage is dependent on crop establishment and reporting dates determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency that farmers must meet. The dates vary by crop and county and are listed at www.rma.usda.gov.

State-regulated policies for damage caused by hail and fire are also available with additional requirements.

Ohio farmers can contact ODI at 1-800-686-1526 or visit www.insurance.ohio.gov to find insurance companies and agents licensed to sell crop insurance.