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

January 06, 2009

Crop Insurance Information Sessions Scheduled

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today announced a series of crop insurance information sessions to take place throughout the State beginning on January 13, 2009. The presentations are part of the New York Crop Insurance Education Program that is administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets in cooperation with the USDA Risk Management Agency, Cornell Cooperative Extension, USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) and other partners.

"These sessions are intended to help New York State growers with their risk management planning," the Commissioner said. "Itís important for producers to know that the 2008 Farm Bill changed the eligibility requirements for disaster payments, requiring crops to be enrolled either in crop insurance or FSAís Non-Insured Disaster Assistance Program. Higher levels of crop insurance coverage may increase the guarantees for both crop insurance and disaster protection."

The agendas of the information sessions will vary according to the target audience with most sessions focusing on the crop insurance tools for spring planted crops. There will also be opportunities for vegetable, fruit and diversified growers to learn about risk management options available to them. At most meetings, a representative from FSA, which administers the disaster payment program, will be on hand to discuss new requirements included in the Farm Bill.

The crop insurance information sessions are scheduled in advance of upcoming deadlines for purchasing, renewing or modifying crop insurance coverage. February 2 is the deadline for onions, Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) and AGR-Lite renewals or modifications. March 16 is the deadline for Actual Production History (APH) and Crop Revenue Coverage (CRC) policies covering most spring planted crops and AGR-Lite for first time buyers.

The New York Crop Insurance Education Program is intended to provide the farmers of New York State with practical, timely, up-to-date information on crop insurance. For further information, consult the programís website at or contact Christopher Reed at 518-485-8935 or



January 13, 11am (Spring Planted Field Crops)

CCE Office, 173 S. Grand St., Cobleskill, NY 12043

RSVP to 518-234-4303

January 14, 11am (Spring Planted Field Crops)

CCE Office, 123 Lake St., Cooperstown, NY 13326

RSVP to Sara 607-547-2536 x226

January 15, 11am (Spring Planted Field Crops)

CCE Office, 99 N. Broad St., Norwich, NY 13815

RSVP to Marge or Cindy 607-334-5841 x11

January 16, 11am (Spring Planted Field Crops)

CCE Office, Johnstown Hotel, 55 E. Main St., Suite 210, Johnstown, NY 12095

RSVP to Susan 518-762-3909 x0

January 22, 10:30am (Spring Planted Field Crops)

Clarion Inn, Triphammer Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850

RSVP to Sharon 607-753-5078

January 22, 11am-3pm (Onions)

Canaleís Restaurant, 156 West Utica St, Oswego, NY 13126

RSVP to Jay 315-963-7286

January 29, 11am (Spring Planted Field Crops)

CCE Office, 121 2nd St., Oriskany, NY 13424

RSVP to Cindy 315-736-3394x124

January 30, 10am (Spring Planted Field Crops)

CCE Office, 50 West High St., Ballston Spa, NY 12020

RSVP to Klaus 518-935-8569

February 2, 1:30pm (Soybeans)

CCE Office, 203 N. Hamilton St., Watertown, NY 13601

RSVP to Mike 315-788-8450 x266

February 4, 1:15pm (Agenda 12:30 to 3pm) (Spring Planted Field Crops)

CCE Office, 248 Grant Avenue, Suite 1, Auburn, NY 13021

RSVP to Dan 315-255-1183 x234

February 5, 10am (Spring Planted Field Crops)

CCE Office, 2571 Route 11, Ste.1, Lafayette, NY 13084

RSVP to Lindsey 315-424-9485 x229

February 6, 11am (Vegetable, Spring Planted Field Crops, AGR-Lite)

CCE Office, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd., Liberty, NY 12754

RSVP to Joe or Dan 845-292-6180

February 10, 11am (Risk Management Training)

Jordan Hall, NYS AES, 630 W. North St., Geneva, NY 14456

RSVP to Fay 607-753-5213

February 11, 9:30am (Spring Planted Field Crops)

Empire Tractor, Route 20 East, Cazenovia, NY 13035

RSVP to Kathie 315-684-3001 x106

February 20, 10:30am Spring Planted Field Crops)

4-H Training Center, 4487 Lake Ave. (Rte. 78), Lockport, NY 14094

RSVP to Karen 716-433-8839 x221

February 24, 10:30am (Vegetable & Fruit Crops)

CCE Office, Johnstown Hotel, 55 E. Main St., Suite 210, Johnstown, NY 12095

RSVP to Susan 518-762-3909 x0

February 26, 10:30am (Spring Planted Field Crops)

Civil Defense Center, 7220 Route 54, Bath, NY 14810

RSVP to 607-664-2300

February 26, 10am (Spring Planted Field Crops)

Fire Hall, 70 Main St., Randolph, NY 14772

RSVP to Dean 716-699-2377 x213

February 27, 10am (Spring Planted Field Crops)

CCE Office 21 South Grove St., East Aurora, NY 14052

RSVP to Sharon 716-652-5400 x150

March 3, 10:30am (Spring Planted Field Crops)

Holiday Inn Express, 2666 Corning Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845

RSVP to 607-664-2300

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