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2016 Sees Change in Forage Coverage Under ARPI
USAgNet - 03/04/2016

An important change to RMA's Area Risk Protection Insurance (ARPI) was made for the 2016 crop year as it relates to grazing acreage. Effective for the 2016 crop year, the ARPI-Forage policy will only cover hay production. Rotational grazing, or any other grazing practice, has been removed from the ARPI-Forage policy. Producers interested in insuring forage with the intended use of grazing can utilize the Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (PRF) plan of insurance or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) through the Farm Service Agency.

Previously, in ARPI counties, NAP was only available for "native grass" with an intended use of forage and/or grazing. The 2016 crop year change will mean NAP is available in ARPI counties for native grass as well as other grass types with intended use of grazing.

The deadline for 2016 NAP coverage for perennial forage pasture (grazing) is March 15.

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