BULLETIN NO.: MGR-99-020
TO: All Reinsured Companies All Risk Management Field Offices FROM: Kenneth D. Ackerman 06-07-1999 /s/ Ken Ackerman Administrator SUBJECT: Written Agreements to Insure Acreage on Which a Crop Was Not Planted and Harvested Within 1 of the 3 Previous Crop Years
Section 9(a)(1) of the Common Crop Insurance Policy, Basic Provisions, states acreage that has not been planted and harvested within 1 of the 3 previous crop years will not be insurable unless certain exceptions apply or a written agreement allows insurance for such acreage. The Risk Management Agency (RMA) has received several questions regarding the need and reasonableness for a written agreement to insure a small amount of acreage that has not been cropped in 1 of the 3 previous crop years (e.g., fence rows removed, etc.). RMA's Regional Service Offices are reporting a significant increase in the number of requests for written agreements to insure small amounts of acreage that have not been cropped in 1 of the 3 previous crop years.
To simplify and reduce paperwork, RMA will liberalize section 9(a)(1) of the Common Crop Insurance Policy, Basic Provisions effective for the 1999 and subsequent crop years as follows: Acreage on which a crop has not been planted and harvested within 1 of the 3 previous crop years which is planted to an insured crop for the current crop year and which comprises 5 percent or less of the insured planted acreage in the unit (including the acreage not previously cropped) will be insurable without a written agreement.
DISPOSAL DATE:This bulletin will remain active until incorporated into the Common Crop Insurance Policy, Basic Provisions. The estimated disposal date is June 1, 2001.