USDA Welcomes New RMA Administrator
USDA welcomed Martin Barbre as the new Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator during a ceremony held Monday, April 30, 2018. He was officially sworn in by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue at U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters in Washington, D.C.

"I'm excited to be here," said Mr. Barbre prior to the ceremony. "Acting Administrator Heather Manzano, RMA's leaders, and especially employees, have done an outstanding job ensuring our country's producers were taken care of through many challenges this past year. We will build on the achievements of RMA's dedicated teams and continue improving services for our customers."
Perdue Announces Additional Hurricane and Wildfire Recovery Details
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced new details on eligibility for a new USDA disaster program: 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP). The FSA will deploy the up to $2.36 billion to help producers with recovery of their agricultural operations in at least nine states with hurricane damage and states impacted by wildfire. 

Full details are linked below, but please note that if you have clients that wish to participate in this program, there are details relevant to crop insurance:

  • Both insured and uninsured producers are eligible to apply for WHIP.
  • All producers opting to receive 2017 WHIP payments will be required to purchase crop insurance at the 60% coverage level (or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) at the 60% buy up coverage level if crop insurance is not available).
  • Coverage must be in place for the next two applicable crop years to meet program requirements. 
  • The WHIP factor ranges from 65 percent to 95 percent. 
  • Producers who did not insure their crops in 2017 will receive a 65 percent WHIP Factor.
  • Insured producers, or producers who had NAP, will receive between 70 percent and 95 percent WHIP Factors; those purchasing higher levels of coverage will receive higher WHIP Factors.
Davis, CA Regional Office 2017 State Profiles
RMA's Davis, CA regional office has published 2017 state profiles that provide an overview of crop stats, pilot programs, and historic business data.

2019 Raisin Loss Adjustment Standards Handbook
RMA has published an updated Raisin LASH effective for the 2019 and succeeding crop years and is not retroactive to any 2018 or prior crop year determinations. 
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