Insurance Deadline for Florida Citrus Growers

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds Florida citrus tree and fruit growers that the final date to apply for crop insurance coverage for the 2022 crop year is April 15. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing coverage also have until the April 15 sales closing date to do so.

Federal crop insurance is critical to the farm safety net. It helps producers and owners manage revenue risks and strengthens the rural economy. Coverage is available for lemon trees in Collier, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Indian River, Martin, Polk and St. Lucie counties; lime trees in Lee and Miami-Dade counties; and grapefruit trees, orange trees, and all other citrus trees (murcott, tangelo and tangerine) in select Florida counties.

Coverage is also available for grapefruit, mandarins, oranges, tangelos, tangerines and tangors in select Florida counties; lemons in Collier, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Indian River, Martin, Polk and St. Lucie counties; and limes in Lee and Miami-Dade counties. Contact your insurance agent to see if your county is covered and to learn specific details for the 2022 crop year.

RMA is authorizing additional flexibilities due to coronavirus while continuing to support producers, working through approved insurance providers (AIPs) to deliver services, including processing policies, claims and agreements. RMA staff are working with AIPs and other customers by phone, mail and electronically to continue supporting crop insurance coverage for producers. Farmers with questions or needs should continue to contact their insurance agents about conducting business remotely (by telephone or email). More information can be found here.

Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of agents is available online using the RMA Agent Locator. Producers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate online.

Learn more about crop insurance and the modern farm safety net at www.rma.usda.gov.

Source: USDA

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