USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), announces North Carolina beekeepers and Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (PRF) producers that the Rainfall Index program is available in North Carolina. November 15 is the final date for producers to apply for crop insurance.
Rainfall Index is a group risk policy that covers apiculture as well as forage and livestock producers’ forage produced for grazing or harvested for hay. The Rainfall Index uses National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data. Insurance payments to a producer who suffers a loss are calculated on the deviation from normal precipitation within the area and time period selected.
The nationwide insurance coverage map is on the USDA Web site: http://www.rma.usda.gov/policies/pasturerangeforage/ . This Web site also has a mapping tool to locate which land is insurable. It also has historical data, coverage details, and a premium calculator. For more information, log on to the RMA Web site at http://www.rma.usda.gov
or contact a local crop insurance agent as soon as possible. A list of agents is maintained at the local USDA Farm Service Agency office and on the RMA Web site at http://www3.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents/ .