Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

October 21, 2008

Commissioner Announces Pasture and Hay Crop Insurance Workshops

Workshops Designed to Help Farmers Meet November 30th Signup Deadline

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today announced the dates for crop insurance workshops for pasture and hay crops. As a new pilot program, forage growers in 15 New York counties will be offered a new "Group Risk Protection" crop insurance program.

"Crop insurance products have become increasingly important in recent years due to weather related crop disasters and are critical to maintaining the economic viability of New York farms," the Commissioner said. "Now producers must have coverage to be eligible for any federal disaster assistance. Pasture and hay acres account for the largest agricultural acreage in the United States and with 60 percent of the cropland in the 15 New York counties encompassed by forage crops, farmers in these counties should take a close look at this program and make time to attend the meeting in their area."

The USDA Risk Management Agency is offering producers in 15 select New York counties a new pilot "Group Risk Protection" forage crop insurance program. The program is designed to provide a safety net for livestock producers’ primary feed source – pasture and hay crops. The program is available in the following counties: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins and Ulster.

The deadline for farmers to apply for coverage under the new "Group Risk Protection" program is November 30, 2008. Farmers should call their crop insurance agent or county Farm Service Agency office for more information.

Meetings are scheduled at the following dates, times and locations:

October 29 from 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm

Cooperative Extension Offices, Norwich

October 29 from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Afton Community Center, Afton

October 30 from 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm

Cooperative Extension Offices, Cobleskill

October 30 from 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm

Cortlandville Fire Hall, Cortlandville

October 31 from 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm

Cooperative Extension Offices, Ithaca

November 5 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

County Office Building, Owego

November 6 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

FSA Building, Bath

November 7 from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

Delaware County Resource Center, Hamden

November 17 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra

November 19 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Cooperative Extension Offices, Binghamton

November 21 from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Cooperative Extension Offices, Liberty

These workshops are funded through a cooperative agreement between the USDA Risk Management Agency and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

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