Subject: Interpretation of section 11(b)(2) of the Common Crop
Insurance Policy Basic Provisions (Basic Provisions) in the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) at
7 C.F.R. § 457.8, pursuant to 7 C.F.R., part 400, subpart X.
On May 9, 2003, the Risk Management Agency was asked for a Final Agency Determination for the
2000 crop year, regarding the interpretation of section 11(b)(2) of the Basic Provisions, which
11. Insurance Period
. . .
(b) Coverage ends at the earliest of:
. . .
(2) Harvest of the unit.
Section 11(b)(2) is interpreted to mean that coverage under the policy ends at least upon
completion of harvest of the insured crop. It is noted that section 11(b) of the Basic Provisions
provides a list of other events that end coverage. Section 11(b)(2) clearly provides that one of
the events terminating coverage is harvest of the insured crop. Section 11(b)(2) must be
interpreted to mean coverage ends as soon as the insured crop is harvested.
Final Agency Determination
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) agrees insurance coverage on any acreage ends
upon the earliest occurrence of any of the events listed in section 11(b) of the Basic Provisions,
unless this section is amended by other policy documents that state that they override the Basic
Provisions. If harvest is the earliest of the listed events to occur, then the insurance period
would end upon harvest of the insured crop on the unit. Only insurable causes of loss that occur
after insurance attaches and on or before the end of the insurance period are covered under the
policy. Any causes of loss occurring after the end of the insurance period are not covered under
In accordance with 7 C.F.R. § 400.765(c), this Final Agency Determination is binding on all
participants in the Federal crop insurance program for crop year 2000.
Date of Issue: August 5, 2003