USDA announces cover crops, insurance changes

The USDA Risk Management Agency has updated guidelines to provide more flexibility when insuring a crop that follows a cover crop in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

The changes are a result of work with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency to develop a consistent, simple and flexible policy across the three agencies, according to a news release.

Farmers using cover crops are encouraged to discuss changes with their crop insurance agent when making decisions for the upcoming crop year, Brian Frieden, director of the Risk Management Agency’s Springfield, Ill., office said.

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