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Maryland Farmers Encouraged to Consider Crop Insurance; Deadline is March 15

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder reminds farmers that the sales closing date to purchase crop insurance for spring seeded crops and to make changes to policies is March 15. Spring seeded crops include corn, soybeans, oats and grain sorghum.

“I encourage my fellow farmers to meet with a crop insurance agent before March 15 to ensure that they have the coverage they need to prepare for those things Mother Nature and the markets may have in store for us in 2017,” said Secretary Bartenfelder.

Risk Management Agency has expanded organic price premium elections to 57 crops, up from four in 2011, providing organic producers the option to protect their 2016 crops closer to the market value.

For Maryland grain farmers, the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has partnered with the University of Illinois to provide a web-based tool to help make informed crop insurance decisions.

The Federal Crop Insurance program continues to be a reliable safety net to Maryland producers and has provided $252 million in indemnities over the last seven years and more than $358 million over the last 14 years.

Producers of 2017 spring planted crops must sign up for federal crop insurance, or make any changes to existing polices by March 15. A list of agents can be found at:

Maryland Department of Agriculture partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency and the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to provide Maryland farmers with information on federal crop insurance.

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