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Insurance Deadline Looms for High Plains Farmers

08 November 2012

US- Livestock and hay producers have the ability to buy insurance through the new Pasture, Range and Forage Insurance risk policy offered in the High Plains region.

The 2013 sign-up and acreage reporting deadline for this programme is November 15, and premiums are due by July 1, Texas A and M AgriLife Extension Service risk management specialist DeDe Jones said.

“In the face of continued dry conditions, insurance becomes a critical component in producers’ risk management portfolios,” she said

Payment is not determined by individual damages, but rather area losses based on a grid system, Jones explained. Producers can select any portion of acres to insure, but they must also choose a minimum of two two-month intervals, or a maximum of six two-month intervals per year.

Coverage levels between 70 and 90 per cent are available, she said. Once coverage is selected, the producer chooses a productivity factor between 60 per cent and 150 per cent. Productivity factor is a percentage of the established county base value for forage.

The base value is a standard rate published by the Risk Management Agency for each county. It is calculated based on the estimated per-acre cost of grazing, Jones said. For example, Hansford County’s value is $8.11.

She said Texas uses a rainfall index to determine the insurance coverage. The rainfall index utilizes National Oceanic and Atmospheric Climate Prediction Center data and a 12-by-12 mile grid system.

“Indemnities are calculated based on the deviation from normal precipitation within an area for a specific period selected,” Jones said.

A decision-support tool to help producers determine coverage levels and intervals can be found at ag force usa

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