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Hurricane Harvey Resources

The federal crop insurance program is designed to provide robust and reliable farm safety net, regardless the size and scope of weather disasters. The Risk Management Agency (RMA) works closely with the Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) who sell and service the policies that producers purchase, and this commitment to customer service provides efficient loss adjustment and claims payments, even in times of major disasters like Harvey. In anticipation of flooding due to Hurricane Harvey, the Risk Management Agency has taken several proactive steps to ensure the efficient and reliable delivery of the crop insurance program.

Resources for Producers

  • Producers with coverage through the RMA administered federal crop insurance program should contact their crop insurance agent for issues regarding filing claims. Those who purchased crop insurance will be paid for covered losses. Producers should report crop damage within 72 hours of damage discovery and follow up in writing within 15 days. The Approved Insurance Providers, loss adjusters and agents are experienced and well trained in handling these types of events.
  • As part of its commitment to delivering excellent customer service, RMA is working closely with AIPs that sell and service crop insurance policies to ensure enough loss adjusters will be available to process claims in the affected areas as quickly as possible.

Resources for Agents and Approved Insurance Providers

  • Loss Adjustment Standards Handbook identifies loss adjustment standards and requirements for determining production or revenue and adjusting crop insurance claims in a uniform and timely manner.
  • RMA issued guidance to the AIPs that allows them to authorize producers to move cotton modules from fields at risk of flooding to higher ground on a case-by-case basis, without affecting the insurability of their crop.
  • MGR-17-013 - Emergency Procedures for Crops Damaged by Hurricane Harvey (Sep 1, 2017). Hurricane Harvey has caused catastrophic damage in many counties in Texas and Louisiana. The Risk Management Agency (RMA), in conjunction with Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs), recognize the need for authorizing emergency loss adjustment procedures that will streamline certain loss determinations on specific crops to accelerate the adjustment of losses and issuance of indemnity payments to crop insurance policyholders in impacted areas. RMA authorizes the use of these emergency procedures to apply to all Texas and Louisiana counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
  • MGR-17-013.1 - Designated Counties Damaged by Hurricane Harvey (Sep 11, 2017). On September 1, 2017, the Risk Management Agency (RMA) issued MGR-17-013, Emergency Procedures for Crops Damaged by Hurricane Harvey, authorizing emergency procedures for all Texas and Louisiana counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Listing the impacted counties and parishes affected by Hurricane Harvey will further guide the Approved Insurance Providers in providing fair and consistent application of who qualifies for relief authorized by the emergency procedures outlined in MGR-17-013.
  • MGR-17-013.2 - Additional Emergency Procedures for Crops Damaged by Hurricane Harvey (Sep 21, 2017). On September 1, 2017, the Risk Management Agency (RMA) issued MGR-17-013, Emergency Procedures for Crops Damaged by Hurricane Harvey, authorizing emergency procedures for all Texas and Louisiana counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey. On September 11, 2017, RMA issued MGR-17-013.1 listing the impacted counties and parishes affected by Hurricane Harvey. RMA is providing additional emergency procedures to ensure fair and consistent application of the Federal crop insurance program.

USDA Resources

USDA is prepared to provide food, emergency housing, community, as well as farmer and rancher assistance to individuals and small businesses affected by severe storms and flooding. We continue to work with states affected by severe storms and flooding regarding requests for various assistance, waivers and flexibilities in administering federal nutrition assistance programs. More information: www.usda.gov/topics/disaster/storms