See the details of the USDA’s crop insurance option for tropical storms that have been named storms.
The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) rolled out their new Tropical Storm Option for its Hurricane Insurance Protection-Wind Index (HIP-WI) Endorsement earlier in 2023, according to a Growing Produce article. According to the article, the RMA added “the Tropical Storm Option to this endorsement to cover named tropical storms, as reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with maximum sustained winds exceeding 34 knots and precipitation exceeding six inches over a four-day period.” See the details of the USDA’s crop insurance option for tropical storms below.
Crop Insurance Option for Tropical Storms
According to the article, the USDA’s crop insurance option for tropical storms is in addition to coverage provided under a farmer’s crop policy. The new Tropical Storm Option “is available in select counties in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia.”
The article maintained that “Farmers do not need to file a claim to receive payment. If a county is triggered, then the Approved Insurance Provider will issue a payment in the coming weeks. Producers can find a list of triggered counties on RMA’s Product Management Bulletins webpage.”
Those interested should contact a private crop insurance agent. According to the article, “A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the RMA Agent Locator.”
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