The USDA announced that producers participating in federal crop insurance who had in 2019 a payable prevented planting indemnity related to extreme weather will automatically receive a "top-up" payment. Producers will receive the payment from their Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) starting in mid-October.
Meanwhile, producers with Yield Protection and Revenue Protection with Harvest Price Exclusion will receive a 10% top-up payment. Producers with Revenue Protection will receive 15%.
The USDA ensures that producers with those indemnity to do not to sign up to receive payments.
“It was a challenging planting season for many of our farmers,” says Bill Northey, USDA’s Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “We are doing everything we can to ensure producers receive the help they need.
“USDA is working with AIPs so that producers can receive additional payments as soon as possible,” Northey adds. “We appreciate the AIPs for helping us help America’s farmers.”
The crop insurance industry will deliver the payments as part of the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019. After the initial payment, additional payments will be made in the middle of each month as more prevented planting claims are processed.
RMA received commitments from all 14 AIPs to deliver the top-up payments:
- ACE Property and Casualty (Rain and Hail) Insurance Company
- American Agri-Business Insurance Company
- American Agricultural Insurance Company
- CGB Insurance Company
- Church Mutual Insurance Company
- Country Mutual Insurance Company
- Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company
- Great American Insurance Company
- Hudson Insurance Company
- NAU Country Insurance Company
- Producers Agricultural Insurance Company
- Rural Community Insurance Company
- Stratford Insurance Company
- XL Reinsurance America Inc.
The prevented planting top-up payments are different from the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) payments.