Potato growers need to obtain insurance

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 21, 2004

The deadline is quickly approaching for Virginia potato growers to get insurance coverage for the 2005 crop year.

The deadline is Dec. 31, according to the Raleigh, N.C. regional office of the USDA Risk Management Agency.

Current policyholders likewise have until Dec. 31 to make adjustments to their existing contracts. Crop insurance protects farmers against a loss in potato production due to natural perils such as drought or excessive moisture.

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The price election for 2005 will be $9.05 per cwt.

Crop insurance on potatoes is available in Accomack and Northampton Counties.

Local farm officials are urging potato producers to contact an area crop insurance agent to get premium quotes and additional details.

For a list of local crop insurance agents, contact the local USDA Farm Service Agency office or log on to the following Risk Management Agency web site: http://www3.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents/