NCIS Asked & Answered 
The March 2017 release of the NCIS Asked & Answered bulletin features responses regarding the following:
  • Alfalfa Seed Clarification on "Clipback"
  • New Producer Procedures
  • Transitional Organic with No Plan
  • WFRP: Cotton and Cotton Seed
Important Crop Insurance Deadline Nears in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington
USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington nursery growers the final date to apply for crop insurance coverage is May 1. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing coverage also have until the May 1 sales closing date to do so. Growers applying for the first time may purchase coverage at any time.
2017 Regional Underwriting Guidelines for Olive Yield Exclusion

Yield Exclusion is a provision of the 2014 Farm Bill which allows farmers to exclude eligible crop year’s yields from their APH production history that occur from exceptionally bad years, such as a year in which a natural disaster or other extreme weather occurs.

Insureds must have selected the YE option code by the applicable sales closing date, January 31, 2017. When elected, YE will automatically exclude eligible crop years, identified in the actuarial documents, from an APH database unless specifically excluded by insureds no later than the production reporting date of March 15, 2017.

President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for California
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of California to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides from January 3 to January 12, 2017.
Crop Insurance Support Continues in Recent Farm Policy Discussions

It is a busy season for agriculture, not just in the fields but also on the policy front.

In just the past week, for example, a major Farm Bill Summit brought stakeholders together in D.C., while across town lawmakers posed questions to Secretary of Agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue. And another Farm Bill hearing was held in the House of Representatives. Crop insurance was again a major talking point with many influencers singing the program's praises.

Follow the link to view NCIS' roundup of some of the recent comments made about crop insurance and its importance in maintaining strong agricultural production in this country.

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