Maine Risk Management and Crop Insurance News

A Farm’s Perspective on Whole Farm Revenue Protection and More

Whole Farm Revenue Protection Crop Insurance A perspective from BrightBerry Farm A revenue protection policy for diversified farms Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) is a crop insurance policy that protects a farm’s adjusted gross revenue from production losses or decline in market prices due to natural causes. The deadline to enroll in WFRP is March […]

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2018 Apple Crop Insurance Deadline Approaching

November 20, 2017 is the Sales Closing Date for Apple Crop Insurance Apple crop insurance protects a producer’s average crop yields from weather-related issues causing yield loss.  Producers can choose to insure their apple crop at a catastrophic level (CAT) which protects 50% of their average crop yield and pays at 55% of the price […]

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Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Crop Insurance Deadline Approaching

November 15, 2017 is the sales closing date for Pasture, Rangeland and Forage crop insurance Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (PRF) crop insurance protects grazing or haying acres against a single peril – lack of precipitation. Producers must enroll with a licensed crop insurance agent before the November 15 deadline for 2018 coverage. How precipitation is […]

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New Risk Management Option for Maine Beekeepers

APICULTURE PILOT INSURANCE (API) PROGRAM Lack of precipitation can limit bees’ forage intake and will reduce honey production. The API crop insurance program protects beekeepers from a single peril: lack of precipitation. How precipitation is measured The USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) uses a grid system of approximately 17 x 17 miles to track precipitation […]

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2018 Wild Blueberry Crop Insurance Deadline Approaching

November 20, 2017 is the Sales Closing Date for Blueberry Crop Insurance Blueberry crop insurance protects a producer’s average crop yields from weather-related issues causing yield loss. Producers can choose to insure their blueberry crop at a catastrophic level (CAT) which protects 50% of their crop yield and pays at 55% of the price election […]

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Dry Weather Affecting Grass Yields…Again? Crop Insurance Could Help.

It’s late August in Maine and the U.S. Drought Monitor shows a yellow and light brown swath hugging the coast from northern to southern Maine. These colors represent the conditions of “abnormally dry” and “moderate drought”.  Just a year ago the Drought Monitor showed the same colors but concentrated in the central to southern portions […]

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Deadline for Aquaculture Crop Assistance – September 1, 2017

Attention Maine Aquaculture Producers September 1, 2017 is the deadline to enroll in the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for coverage on aquaculture crops including oysters, mussels, seaweed, etc. This program is administered through the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). Interested in learning more? An informational webinar hosted by FSA and UMaine Cooperative Extension […]

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Conservation Compliance (AD-1026) Deadline Nears

AD-1026 must be filed by June 1 to receive crop insurance premium subsidies in 2018. All farmers must have the Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Compliance form (AD-1026) filed for their current entity by June 1, 2017 with their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.  Anytime a farmer changes their entity (name, entity […]

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Introduction to Farm Accounting with QuickBooks Pro™ — May 4, 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon UMaine Extension Penobscot County Office 307 Maine Avenue Bangor, Maine 04401 Venue Phone: 207.942.7396 or 800.287.1485 (in Maine) Registration Cost: Free Preregistration is required. Class is limited to 15. Please contact Pam St. Peter at pamela.stpeter@maine.edu or 207.933.2100 to register or request a disability accommodation. This […]

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