COLUMBUS – Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor is reminding Ohio farmers that the deadline to purchase or modify certain insurance coverage for spring-planted crops is March 15.
“It is not too late for farmers to evaluate their crop insurance needs with an insurance agent,” said Taylor, also director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “A risk-management plan rooted by a crop insurance strategy can help provide a firmer financial-safety-net.”
Federally-subsidized, multiple-peril crop insurance covers certain weather, pest and revenue related losses. This coverage is dependent on crop establishment and reporting dates determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) that farmers must meet. The dates vary by crop and county and are listed at www.rma.usda.gov.
State-regulated policies such as for damage caused by hail and fire are also available. Many of them have crop establishment and reporting requirements as well.
Ohio farmers can contact the Ohio Department of Insurance at 1-800-686-1526 or visit www.insurance.ohio.gov to find insurance companies and agents licensed to sell crop insurance.