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Risk agency says farmers must act to protect insurance payment

August 28, 2007

The Risk Management Agency said it is aware of news reports which suggest crop insurance adjusters have been given the authority to forgo inspecting damaged crops, and will not be conducting on farm inspections of crop losses.

"These reports are incorrect and resulted from a misinterpretation of a recent clarification of current loss adjustment procedures issued by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation," RMA said in a news release.

In order for producers to protect the integrity of their claims and to remain eligible for a potential loss payment, RMA said, it wants to remind producers that:

Producers with crop damage due to drought or other causes should contact their crop insurance agent within 72 hours of the discovery of the crop damage.

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A company loss adjuster will contact the producer to explain any further requirements in regard to field inspections, establishing representative sample areas in the field, and further caring for the crop.

In all cases, producers should not destroy their crop, or representative sample areas, without specific instructions from their crop insurance company loss adjuster.

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