Two new risk management tools will provide livestock producers the ability to purchase insurance protection for losses of forage produced for grazing or harvested for hay.
Beginning with the 2007 crop year, the new insurance products, the Rainfall index insurance program and the Vegetation index insurance program, are offered by the Risk Management Agency and are available through approved insurance providers. These programs will provide livestock producers the ability to purchase insurance protection for losses of forage produced for grazing or harvested for hay.
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says the tools operate in a variety of range and pasture environments. But utilizing innovative technology, the tools can determine when a producer has suffered a loss, he explains.
The Rainfall index insurance program will be pilot tested in 220 counties in
Development of the two programs was provided through provisions of the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000, which established the development of a pasture, rangeland and forage program as one of RMA's highest research and development priorities.
Both insurance products are designed to allow maximum flexibility for the producer. For instance, producers are not required to insure all their acres, but rather may elect to insure only those acres that are important to their grazing program or hay operation. Further, producers are not required to insure the acreage for the entire crop year. The crop year is divided into intervals and producers may elect to insure their acreage for only those intervals where the risk is the greatest.
Both of these products will be available for sale from crop insurance agents beginning in late August 2006. The sales closing date is