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November 29, 2016
USDA Makes Changes to Crop Insurance to Ensure a Strong Safety Net for Farmers
New provisions for the Prevented Planting Program take effect for 2017 spring crops
Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686


The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) has updated factors that will ensure the prevented planting program provides a strong safety net for farmers. Prevented planting coverage provides producers protection if they are unable to plant an insured crop by the final planting date. 

When adverse weather prevents planting, a prevented planting payment is made to compensate for the producer’s pre-planting costs generally incurred in preparation for planting the crop. These costs can include purchase of machinery, land rent, fertilizer, actions taken to ready the field, pesticide, labor and repairs, among other factors. The prevented planting coverage factor varies by crop, based on an estimate of pre-planting costs.

The prevented planting factor is a percentage of the individual insurance guarantee.

RMA reviewed prevented planting factors for barley, corn, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, soybeans and wheat for 2017 as part of an effort to ensure that prevented planting factors most accurately reflect the pre-planting input costs of producers. While the prevented planting factors will be reviewed and updated for all crops with prevented planting coverage, the seven crops listed below were reviewed and updated and will go into effect beginning next spring. RMA will evaluate the effectiveness of the recent changes and modify as needed in coming years.

Prevented Planting Coverage Factors

Crop Current Recommendation from Evaluation Final
Corn 60% 50% 55%
Soybeans 60% 60% 60%
Wheat 60% 60% 60%
Cotton 50% 35% 50%
Grain Sorghum 60% 60% 60%
Barley 60% 60% 60%
Rice 45% 45% 55%

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