In the wake of Hurricane Michael, there is one tool the USDA is promoting to help connect Ag producers with their needed crop insurance.
“Most of the crops have a fairly high coverage level. Pecans does not have as high a coverage level, some areas, soy beans are not covered as high, maybe 50 to 70% of the crops.” Said USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey. “Whereas cotton is generally 90 to 95% of crop is covered. Peanuts, generally, have a very high coverage level as well.”
Northey also pointed to the livestock indemnity program.
“Which helps pay for loses, during a storm, for livestock. Again, it’s a percentage of the value of those loses; but, it helps soften the blow of those loses.”
There are also programs for livestock feed assistance, tree re-planting and conservation activities. Northey said producers should check out www.farmers.gov which has a disaster management tool.
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