Attorney on Crop Insurance’s Importance

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Bill Crispin

Agriculture attorney Bill Crispin told a Citrus Expo crowd that “crop insurance has evolved over the last 20 to 25 years into being a much needed and reliable risk management tool for producers.” He spoke at Expo’s opening general session.

“It’s important for producers across the board to participate in the crop insurance program,” Crispin said in an interview summarizing his presentation. “The more they participate, the better the program will become … So participation by the producer is very important.”

Crispin noted that the recent Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program (WHIP), which includes federal relief for Hurricane Irma victims, requires that “producers sign up for at least two consecutive years of coverage at a certain level of coverage.” Producers who go on to participate with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ block grant program must sign up for four years of coverage, he said.

“Unlike years ago, there are competent crop insurance agents out there that are willing to help and advise the farmer as to what policy might fit their operation the best,” Crispin said. He urged growers to contact those competent agents.

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Ernie Neff

Senior Correspondent at Large