John Shea, 202-690-0437
RMA REASSURES FARMERS ALONG THE FLOODED MISSOURI RIVER
WASHINGTON, DC, Jun 23, 2011 – Heavy rainfall, snow melt and flood conditions along the Missouri River have
added to an already wet spring and affected farmers in the Midwest and Northern Plains. The Risk Management Agency (RMA)
which administers the Federal crop insurance program reminds farmers and ranchers in flooded areas that they should contact
their crop insurance companies at the first sign of damage to insured acreage.
"USDA wants to assure affected producers that this flood event is covered by crop insurance for those insured
farmers and ranchers in the flooded area," said RMA Administrator William Murphy. "The flooding happening now is the
result of extraordinary amounts of rainfall this spring and winter snow runoff, which is a natural cause of loss and
is covered by crop insurance. We've spoken to the crop insurance companies and they assure us that they have adequate
staff with additional adjusters sent as needed to help settle claims as soon as they can get into the fields."
Some farmers have voiced concerns that the flooded lands may not be covered by crop insurance if there was breach of
a water-supporting structure near their land, such as the collapse of a levee, but Murphy noted that actions taken by the
Army Corps of Engineers to lessen property damage have not affected the coverage farmers have paid for with their crop
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