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Standard Bull-August 2022

published: August 5th 2022
by: Michael Sturgess

In case you haven’t heard, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) has extended the deadline to apply for the Emergency Relief Program (ERP), indefinitely. This extension allows for producers to sign and return the pre-filled application for Phase 1 of the ERP.

            There still remains a considerable amount of confusion about what it represented on the form. First of all, if you have received this form, you have participated and have received indemnities in either the Pasture Rangeland Forage (PRF) crop insurance policy or from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) that is administered through the FSA—or both.

            The indemnities listed on this prefilled form are a result of indemnities received in 2020, 2021 and the early months of 2022. Specifically, the PRF indemnities are those hayable or improved grasses acres listed on your policy from these time periods. What is important to note is that the grazing only acres of your policy will be covered through the Emergency Livestock Relief Program (ELRP) that will be administered at the FSA office through the Livestock Forage Program (LRP).

            The interesting thing here to note is that for ELRP or LFP to kick in for your county, your county would have to be declared in a disaster for those time periods. For many counties in Texas, this means that you would not be eligible for ELRP of LFP for 2020 or 2021 because your county did not qualify. And for some counties, even the early part of 2022 had not yet qualified.

            So, for you producers with PRF policies that have improved pastures that have been properly designated, you most likely will be eligible for ERP payments that will really help you. Remember how your policy works. Remember that you are insuring 2-month intervals that stand independently of each other. For example, for my grid in Henderson county, my September-October interval reported at 34.4% of normal, which was enough to cover mt entire yearly premium plus about 58%. I had only one other interval that reported below normal (73.5%). The rest of the year was fantastic. But even with the dry September-October, our county was not designated in the D2 or higher stage for long enough to declare the county.

            We have told customers for many years that you your PRF policy can pay you indemnities in even the overall good years—not just the bad years like 2011 or now 2022.

            Signup time for PRF in 2023 will start in mid-September, after the new rates are published. The lesson I would try to convey to everyone today is that the PRF policy is here to help you. Not just in bad years like we have now, but in relatively good years as well. We have a new agent coming on board this fall to assist us in helping you. If you are not covered, please call soon so that we can get the ball rolling. If you are insured but think your acres may not be classified properly, give us a call. We are here to serve your needs.

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