Listening session focuses on catastrophic swine disease

RMA to study feasibility of insuring swine producers for a catastrophic disease event.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency (RMA) has contracted with Agralytica, a food and agriculture consulting firm in Alexandria, Va., to assess the likelihood of successfully developing an insurance plan for a catastrophic swine disease event, and to recommend the type of insurance plan that would provide protection to meet the needs of producers.

The feasibility study is required by the 2014 farm bill.

Agralytica staff will be holding listening sessions in selected states for swine producers and insurance company staff, agents, adjusters, lenders, veterinarians and other interested parties. The aim is to get feedback on the swine disease risks faced by producers, methods currently used to mitigate risk from disease outbreaks, and the need for an additional insurance plan to meet risk management needs. In addition, anyone can call or e-mail Agralytica at the coordinates below if they wish to comment on the program.

The input of pork producers, insurance providers and others involved in the sector is vital for Agralytica and RMA to successfully evaluate the need for and feasibility of creating a new insurance plan.

A listening session will be held April 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Country Inn & Suites Conference Center in Mankato, Minn.

Agralytica staff will also be available in Mankato for anyone desiring an individual meeting. To arrange a time, contact Tom Earley by cell at (703) 981-6004 or by email: [email protected]. Alternatively, one can submit phone or e-mailed comments to Tom Earley or to Andre Williamson (cell: 240-432-0308; email: [email protected].

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