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RMA enhances livestock insurance offerings

Changes will make Livestock Risk Plan more affordable and provide better coverage to cattle and swine producers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced that it is increasing premium subsidies and will make other improvements to the Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) plan of insurance for feeder cattle, fed cattle and swine starting with the 2021 crop year. The increased premium subsidy is retroactive to the beginning of the 2021 crop year and is based on the coverage selected by the livestock producer. RMA will implement the other improvements later this year.

“We encourage livestock producers to contact their insurance agent to take advantage of these improvements,” RMA administrator Martin Barbre said. “These changes will not only make LRP more affordable for producers but also will provide them with better coverage.”

The other improvements to be implemented include:

  • Increasing livestock head limits to 6,000 head per endorsement or 12,000 head annually for feeder and fed cattle and to 40,0000 head per endorsement or 150,000 head annually for swine;
  • Modifying the requirement to own insured livestock until the last 60 days of the endorsement;
  • Increasing the endorsement lengths for swine up to 52 weeks, and
  • Creating new feeder cattle and swine types to allow unborn livestock to be insured.

For more information on the LRP program, visit the RMA website.

RMA is authorizing additional flexibilities due to the coronavirus pandemic while continuing to support producers, working through approved insurance providers to deliver services such as processing policies, claims and agreements. RMA staff members are working with approved insurance providers and other customers by phone, mail and electronically to continue supporting crop insurance coverage for producers. Farmers with crop insurance questions or needs should continue to contact their insurance agents about conducting business remotely (by phone or email). More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private insurance agents. A list of insurance agents is available online using the RMA Agent Locator. Learn more about crop insurance and the modern farm safety net at rma.usda.gov.

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