The Global Ag Report Feb 17, 2017

President's Day

The Global Ag office will be closed on Monday, February 20 in observance of President's Day.  The office will re-open on Tuesday, February 21.

Improper Payment Rates Continue to Decline

The 2016 improper payment rate for crop insurance fell to 2.02%, a decline from the 2015 rate of 2.2%, according to data from the USDA Risk Management Agency. "It proves how efficient the current system is, and it proves that crop insurance is a well-run public-private partnership," said NCIS President Tom Zacharias. 

This data is particularly meaningful when compared to other USDA programs such as:

  • School Breakfast Program - 22.48%

  • School Lunch Program - 15.17%

  • FSA Livestock Program - 12.87%

  • FSA SURE Program - 11.53%

  • FSA NAP Program - 5.47%

  • Total USDA - 8.86%

You can also view the improper payment rates of other government programs by going to: PaymentAccuracy.gov.

 

 

Spokane RO Updated Crop Fact Sheets

RMA’s Spokane, WA Regional Office has released the following crop fact sheets:

  • Storage Onions: ID and OR

 

 

Rep. Peterson Anticipates Agreement on 2018 Farm Bill

Representative Collin Peterson, D-Minn., does not think the 2018 farm bill will create disagreement in the industry, because he foresees little change from the existing policies. Peterson said he is a strong advocate of crop insurance, stating that a system without crop insurance would mean only wealthy people could farm.

 

 

The Global Ag Report Feb 10, 2017

Sen. Hoeven: USDA Nominee Perdue Sees Importance of Effective Farm Bill

Sen. John Hoeven recently met with Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue, and the two discussed the importance of crafting an effective farm bill. "Governor Perdue and I worked together for many years and he understands how important it is that we have good farm policy and build a good farm bill for next year to help our farmers and ranchers through this time of low commodity prices," Hoeven said.

 

CA Wheat Commission Anticipates Revenue Reductions

The California Wheat Commission's revenue will probably decrease this year due to low prices and less planted acreage. “It’s not an optimistic picture that we see for this coming fiscal year,” said Executive Director Claudia Carter.

 

Davis RO Updated Crop Fact Sheets

RMA’s Davis, CA Regional Office has released the following crop fact sheets:

  • Cotton ELS: AZ and CA

 

 

 

 

The Global Ag Report Feb 2, 2017

NCIS Asked & Answered January 2017

The January 2017 release of the NCIS Asked & Answered bulletin features responses regarding the following:

  • Almonds: Added Acreage and the Use of Previous Owner's Production History

 

 

Davis RO Updated Crop Fact Sheets

RMA’s Davis, CA Regional Office has released the following crop fact sheets:

  • 2017 Corn: AZ, CA, NV

  • 2017 Cotton: AZ, CA

 

 

 

 

The Global Ag Report Jan 30, 2017

Tomato Processors Expect to Contract 11.6 Million Tons in 2017

NASS recently published their survey of expected tomato processor contracts that showed a significant drop in contracted tonnage and acreage. You can read the full NASS press release below. 

 

Please remember that the tomato crop provisions stipulate in part that insurance coverage ceases once the insured’s contract has been filled.  If your grower fills their contract but still has late-season production remaining in the field, they will not have MPCI coverage on that acreage.

 

 

Crop Insurance Deadlines Near in ID, OR, and WA

The final date to purchase or modify federal crop insurance coverage on most 2017 spring-planted crops is approaching for ID, OR, and WA. Farmers can also purchase the Whole Farm Revenue Protection policy for 2017 crops.

 

 

2017 Dry Bean Loss Adjustment Standards Handbook

This handbook replaces the 2012 Dry Bean Loss Adjustment Standards Handbook. This handbook is effective for the 2017 and succeeding crop years and is not retroactive to any 2016 or prior crop year determinations.

 

 

 

 

 

The Global Ag Report Jan 13, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Global Ag office will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The office will re-open on Tuesday, January 17.

 

 

GlobalAgWorks UI Updates
As part of our overall infrastructure upgrades, we updated GlobalAgWorks theme. The attached video will walk you through some of the more significant changes. To keep the move to the new theme as seamless as possible, intensive system-wide testing on the new theme was conducted to ensure functionality remains completely unaffected.  Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the new theme.

 

 

 

THEME UPDATE VIDEO

 

 

NCIS Asked &Answered December 2016
The December 2016 release of the NCIS Asked & Answered bulletin features responses regarding the following:

  • Organic Practice and Buffer Zone Acreage

 

 

 

12-2016 AA EXCERPT

 

 

Davis RO Updated Crop Fact Sheets
RMA’s Davis, CA Regional Office has released the following crop fact sheets:

  • 2017 California Pears Crop
  • 2017 California Fresh Market Tomatoes

 

 

 

CA FACT SHEETS

 

 

Spokane RO: 60 Day Extension for Determined Yields for Category C Crops
The Spokane Regional Office (RO) has recently received a number of requests from Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) to extend the standard timeline for submitting RO determined yield requests for the following request types:

  1. Change in Practice – Acreage Transitioning to Certified Organic;
  2. Grafted Apple Exception (production not kept separate); and
  3. Perennial crops meeting minimum insurability for Leaf Years not published on the Actuarial T-yield Table.

The final date for the insured signature and AIP submission of the RO Determined Yield requests and all supporting records/ documentation for the subject request types will be March 16, 2017 (60 calendar days after the production reporting date).

 

 

 

DY EXTENSION MEMORANDUM