USDA on Thursday released eligible crops, crop years, and county details for the Actual Production History Yield Exclusion provision in the 2014 Farm Bill, an offering that the agency says will provide relief to farmers who have experienced drought and severe weather.
The APH Yield Exclusion will be available in the actuarial documents beginning in the 2015 crop year for spring planted corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, barley, canola, sunflowers, peanuts, and popcorn, USDA said.
It will allow eligible producers who have been hit with severe weather to receive a higher approved yield on their insurance policies through the federal crop insurance program.
"APH Yield Exclusion will provide additional options to producers who have suffered from devastating natural disasters," said Risk Management Agency Administrator Brandon Willis.
Under the 2014 Farm Bill program, yields can be excluded from farm actual production history when the actuarial documents provide that the county average yield for that crop year is at least 50% below the 10 previous consecutive crop years' average yield.
The APH Yield Exclusion allows farmers to exclude yields in exceptionally bad years (such as a year in which a natural disaster or other extreme weather occur) from their production history when calculating yields used to establish their crop insurance coverage. The amount of insurance available to a farmer is based on the farmer's average historical yields.
In the past, a year of particularly low yields that occurred due to severe weather beyond the farmer's control would reduce the amount of insurance available to the farmer in future years. By excluding unusually bad years, farmers will not have to worry that a natural disaster will reduce their amount of insurance for years to come.
Producers should contact a local crop insurance agent for more information about the program or visit the Risk Management Agency website for more information.
A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers or on the RMA website.