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

February 11, 2009

Crop Insurance A Must For Most To Receive Disaster Payments

Deadline for Spring Crops is March 16th; Informational Workshops Scheduled

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today reminded New York farmers that in order to be eligible for crop disaster payments this year, they must sign up for federally subsidized crop insurance by March 16th. The Department has scheduled a series of workshops this winter to help producers understand the new requirements for crop insurance as they relate to receiving disaster payments and most spring planted crops.

"For the first time ever, most crops must be enrolled with crop insurance or FSA’s Non-Insured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) in order to be eligible for crop disaster payments," the Commissioner said. "It is a requirement outlined in the new Farm Bill. But by doing so, farmers with greater coverage will also receive increased guarantees not only for crop insurance but disaster protection as well. Learn more about this requirement at one of the workshops scheduled around the State, and remember the deadline to sign up for spring planted crops is March 16th."

The spring crops insurable in New York include corn, dry beans, barley, oats, soybeans, fresh market sweet corn, grain sorghum, green peas, potatoes, spring forage seeding, processing beans, and processing sweet corn. For those who missed fall crop insurance deadlines, including perennial (apple, grape) producers, eligibility for crop disaster payments may be restored by enrolling in the whole farm revenue protection policy AGR-Lite (Adjusted Gross Revenue). The deadline for first-time buyers of AGR-Lite is also March 16th.

To help New York State farmers with their 2009 risk planning, the New York Crop Insurance Education Program has organized a winter series of crop insurance information sessions. The sessions are designed to complement consultation with a crop insurance agent or a Farm Service Agency representative, and will focus on the crop insurance tools needed for spring planted crops. Following are the scheduled crop insurance sessions:

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

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

RSVP Karen Krysa 716-433-8839x221

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

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

RSVP Susan Maloney 518-762-3909

February 26, 10:30am-3pm (Spring Planted Field Crops)

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

RSVP Carl Albers 607-664-2300

February 26, 10am-3pm (Spring Planted Field Crops)

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

RSVP Dean Sprague 716-699-2377x213

February 27, 10am-3pm (Spring Planted Field Crops)

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

RSVP Sharon Bachman716-652-5400x150

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

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

RSVP Cheryl Mehlenbacher 607-664-2300

March 4, 10am (Spring Planted Field Crops, Dairy Livestock Gross Margin)

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

RSVP Richard Smith 518-885-8995x229

March 5, 10am-2pm (Spring Planted Field Crops, Dairy Livestock Gross Margin)

Annex II Building, 415 Lower Main Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12839

RSVP Sandra Ferry 518-746-2560

The workshops are administered by the Department and USDA Risk Management Agency, along with Cornell Cooperative Extension and USDA Farm Service Agency, who will be on hand to discuss the new requirements.

The New York Crop Insurance Education Program is intended to provide the farmers of New York State practical, timely, up-to-date information on which to make an informed decision about integrating crop insurance into their risk management planning. For more information, consult the New York Crop Insurance Education Program website at or call New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets at 1-800-554-4501.

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