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Farmers face Sept. 30 sign-up deadline for crop insurance

September 28, 2004

Farmers whose crops were damaged by Hurricane Ivan and its remnants face deadlines to sign up for federally subsidized crop insurance, a nonprofit trade association said.

Sept. 30 is the deadline to sign up for crop insurance on most fall-planted crops such as winter wheat, barley, and oats, National Crop Insurance Services said in a press release. It said Sept. 30 is also the deadline for making any changes to existing policies.

"Insured farmers who experience damage will need to make sure a crop adjuster examines the damage before they continue harvesting," said Jan Eliassen, an association official.

Not all crops, or all types of policies, are available in every state or county. Producers who want to sign up for crop insurance, or to make any changes to existing policies, must contact a crop insurance agent before Sept. 30, the association said.

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