Crop insurance program expands into Pennsylvania

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WASHINGTON – USDA’s Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) crop insurance pilot program has expanded to eight counties each in California and Pennsylvania for the 2003 and following insurance years.

This will be a new insurance option for growers who now do not have traditional plans of federally subsidized crop insurance available to them.

Pennsylvania counties included in the expansion are: Crawford, Columbia, Erie, Fayette, Lancaster, Schuylkill, Westmoreland, and York.

The AGR pilot program, which was significantly changed by USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) in 2001, will now be available in 18 states and 230 counties.

About the program. The Adjusted Gross Revenue program provides insurance coverage for many producers who previously relied on the noninsured crop disaster assistance program for protection against natural disasters.

The program protects the revenue derived from the sale of various agricultural commodities under one policy. It works in conjunction with other individual Multiple Peril Crop Insurance programs when these insured crops are produced on a farm that is also insured under AGR.

Producers who need more information about sales closing dates or their insurance options should contact a crop insurance agent. A list of crop insurance agents is available at local Farm Service Agency offices or at www3.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents/.

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