Plant nursery growers need to make crop insurance policy changes for 2009 multiple peril policies by the May 31 deadline. That's the word from Pennsylvania Ag Secretary Dennis Wolff.
Enrollment in new policies can be done year-round with a 30-day waiting period before the policy takes effect. But any policy changes must be made by the deadline, he adds.
"More than ever, nurseries need crop insurance because of increased financial risk, including rising input costs and price volatility," says Wolff. "With flexible nursery insurance programs that allow growers to match a plan with business needs, crop insurance can help ease the burden of plant damage and remain viable for the next growing season."
Nursery insurance provides protection for wholesale nursery production and market plants grown in standard nursery containers or in the field. Coverage is based on a plant inventory value report that declares the value of insurable plants.
Unlike previous years, producers collecting federal disaster payments must be enrolled in a crop insurance plan, or the non-insured crop assistance program through Farm Service Agency. Producers who don't have crop insurance on the damaged crop will be ineligible for federal disaster assistance.
Contact your local crop insurance agent before May 31 to purchase insurance or change existing policies. A list of agents can be found at www.rma.usda.gov.