Area Risk Protection Insurance Regulations and Area Risk Protection Insurance Crop Provisions
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) finalizes the Area Risk Protection Insurance (ARPI) Basic Provisions, ARPI Barley Crop Insurance Provisions, ARPI Corn Crop Insurance Provisions, ARPI Cotton Crop Insurance Provisions, ARPI Forage Crop Insurance Provisions, ARPI Grain Sorghum Crop Insurance Provisions, ARPI Peanut Crop Insurance Provisions, ARPI Soybean Crop Insurance Provisions, and ARPI Wheat Crop Insurance Provisions to provide area yield protection and area revenue protection. These provisions will replace the Group Risk Plan (GRP) provisions in 7 CFR part 407, which includes the: GRP Basic Provisions, GRP Barley Crop Provisions, GRP Corn Crop Provisions, GRP Cotton Crop Provisions, GRP Forage Crop Provisions, GRP Peanut Crop Provisions, GRP Sorghum Crop Provisions, GRP Soybean Crop Provisions, and GRP Wheat Crop Provisions. The ARPI provisions will also replace the Group Risk Income Protection (GRIP) Basic Provisions, the GRIP Crop Provisions, and the GRIP-Harvest Revenue Option (GRIP-HRO). The GRP and GRIP plans of insurance will no longer be available. The intended effect of this action is to offer producers a choice of Area Revenue Protection, Area Revenue Protection with the Harvest Price Exclusion, or Area Yield Protection, all within one Basic Provision and the applicable Crop Provisions. This will reduce the amount of information producers must read to determine the best risk management tool for their operation and will improve the provisions to better meet the needs of insureds. The changes will apply for the 2014 and succeeding crop years.
Funding Opportunity Title: Risk Management Education Partnerships Program
Funding availability for this program may be announced at approximately the same time as funding availability for similar but separate programs:CFDA No. 10.458 (Crop Insurance Education in Targeted States). Prospective applicants should carefully examine and compare the notices of each announcement. The collections of information in this Announcement have been approved by OMB under control numbers 0563-0066 and 0563-0067. All applications, which must be submitted electronically through rma.agrisk.umn.edu must be received by close of business (COB) 11:59 p.m. EST. on July 22, 2013. Hard copy applications will NOT be accepted. A tutorial on how to apply is available at rma.agrisk.umn.edu.
Funding Opportunity Title: Risk Management Education in Targeted States (Targeted States Program)
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), operating through the Risk Management Agency (RMA), announces its intent to award approximately $5,000,000 to fund cooperative agreements under the Risk Management Education in Targeted States Program. Purpose: The purpose of the Targeted States program is to deliver crop insurance education and information to U.S. agricultural producers in States where there is traditionally, and continues to be a low level of Federal crop insurance participation and availability, and producers are underserved by the Federal crop insurance program. These states, defined as Targeted States for the purposes of this RFA, are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Any cooperative agreements that may be funded will not exceed the maximum funding amount established for each of the Targeted States. Awardees must agree to the substantial involvement of RMA in the project. Applications submitted under this RFA must demonstrate how the proposed crop insurance education activities will help producers in Targeted States understand: The kinds of risks addressed by crop insurance; the features of existing and emerging crop insurance products; in states where applicable, the proper use and application of cover crops as recommended or recognized by USDA, to include a thorough discussion of how cover crops are specifically recognized within the Federal crop insurance program and administered in accordance with USDA procedures or recognized good farming practices applicator specific crop and regions/location; the use of crop insurance in the management of risk; how the use of crop insurance can affect other risk management decisions, such as the use of marketing and financial tools; how to make informed decisions on crop insurance prior to the sales closing date deadline; and, record-keeping requirements for crop insurance.
Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Pecan Crop Insurance Provisions; Correction
This document contains a correction to the final regulation that was published Thursday, February 28, 2013 (78 FR 13454-13460). The regulation pertains to the insurance of Pecans.