RMA Informational Memorandum
PM-18-037: Additional Reference Maximum Dollar Amounts for California Raisins

RMA has provided the following Additional Reference Maximum Dollar Amounts (RMDA) for 2018 CY raisins in California with a sales closing date of July 31, 2018:

Raisins (Non-Organic)
  • Additional RMDA: $2,000
  • Established RMDA: $1,800
  • CAT Amount: $550.00

Raisins (Organic)
  • Additional RMDA: $3,000
  • Established RMDA: $2,800
  • CAT Amount: $825.00

The RMDA Price will automatically replace the price that is currently in the actuarial documents. If the insured doesn’t want the greater coverage that the revised price election offers, they will need to reduce their coverage level accordingly. 
2018 California Almond Forecast Up 7.9%
California's 2018 almond production is forecast at 2.45 billion meat pounds, up 6.5 percent from May's subjective forecast and up 7.9 percent from last year's crop.

The 2018 California almond bloom began a few days earlier than normal. The bloom period was extended, due to cold temperatures, and lasted a few weeks. Frosts during bloom hit orchards hard, especially on the east side of the valley. Younger trees were impacted more severely than older trees.

Weather during the spring was variable, leading many growers to be unsure about their 2018 crop. As temperatures warmed up in May, nuts were sizing well.
2019 Crop Insurance Handbook
RMA has published the 2019 Crop Insurance Handbook. This handbook replaces the Crop Insurance Handbook, dated December 2017. This handbook provides the official underwriting standards for crop insurance policies.
2019 Document and Supplemental Standards Handbook
RMA has published the 2019 Document and Supplemental Standards Handbook. This handbook replaces the Document and Supplemental Standards Handbook, dated December 2017. This handbook provides the official form standards and procedures for use in the sale and service of crop insurance policy.
Updated 2017 Good Farming Practice Determination Standards Handbook
RMA has published an updated 2017 Good Farming Practice Determination Standards Handbook. This handbook replaces the previous handbook, dated December 2016. This handbook provides the official standards and procedures for handling good farming practice (GFP) decisions and determinations. 
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