RMA Informational Memorandum
MGR-17-003: 2016 Crop Year ARH Sweet Cherry and Tart Cherry for Processing Notice of Loss Extension 

Due to the inability of insured producers to comply with the March 1 notice requirements because of the release of the Annual Price on March 8, 2017, Approved Insurance Providers may accept notices of anticipated revenue losses under the ARH Sweet Cherry and the ARH Tart Cherry for Processing programs, through April 15, 2017, for the 2016 crop year. AIPs are to document use of this bulletin for applicable claim files.
Reclamation Announces the 2017 Water Supply Allocation for the Central Valley Project

North-of-Delta Contractors

  • M&I water service contractors North-of-Delta are allocated 100 percent of their contract supply.
  • Agricultural water service contractors North-of-Delta are allocated 100 percent of their contract supply.


  • The Contra Costa Water District, which receives water directly from the Delta, is allocated 100 percent of its contract supply.

South-of-Delta Contractors

  • M&I water service contractors South-of-Delta are allocated 90 percent of their contract supply.
  • Agricultural water service contractors South-of-Delta are allocated 65 percent of their contract supply.

Reclamation had previously announced on February 28th the following allocations:

American River Division Contractors

  • American River Division M&I water service contractors will receive 100 percent of their contract supply.
Friant Division Contractors
  • Pursuant to Reclamation’s previous discussions with Friant Division contractors and based upon Millerton Lake storage as well as current and forecasted hydrologic conditions in the Upper San Joaquin River Basin, the Friant Division allocation is 100 percent of Class 1 supplies. In addition, as long as current hydrologic and operational conditions exist and there is a need to evacuate water from Millerton Lake in order to prevent or minimize spill or to meet flood control criteria (currently referred to as “uncontrolled season”), Friant contractors may schedule and take delivery of Class 2 supplies up to the contract maximum, consistent with contract terms and conditions.
  • Unreleased Restoration Flow supply related to the San Joaquin River Restoration Program of 358,730 acre-feet are being made available in a block that needs to be scheduled and delivered by June 15 to avert flood management concerns.
Eastside Water Service Contractors
  • Eastside water service contractors (Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District and Stockton East Water District) will receive 100 percent of their contract supply.
Final Agency Determination
Subject A joint request for Final Agency Determination, dated December 27, 2016, was submitted by two parties, along with their separate interpretations of the same policy provision requesting a Final Agency Determination for the 2012 crop year regarding the interpretation of section 3(g) [ Insurance Guarantees, Coverage Levels, and Prices ] of the Common Crop Insurance Policy Basic Provisions (Basic Provisions), published at 7 C.F.R. § 457.8.
National Corn Growers study provides analysis of crop insurers' financial returns
Crop insurers' returns have been negatively affected by renegotiated standard reinsurance agreement rates, leading many to question whether insurers will continue to stay in the program, according to a study commissioned by the National Corn Growers Association. Private crop insurers saw returns of 14.1% between 1998 and 2010, but that number fell to just 1.5% between 2011 and 2015, the study found.
Perdue nomination hearing scheduled for March 23
On March 23, the Senate Agriculture Committee will conduct a hearing to consider the nomination of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as the agriculture secretary nominee. Perdue's business interests, including partial ownership of a grain merchandising company, may have been factors in confirmation process delays.
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