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Cold Snap Prompts Grape Decline Fear From Arizona Wineries

Freezing temperatures may put a chill on this season’s grape harvest for several southern Arizona wineries. At least four wineries in the Elgin area anticipate significant losses thanks to freezing temperatures last month, according to their owners. “Heat’s not the …

Crop Insurance Uncertainty Hindering Arkansas Farmers

Lower commodity prices and uncertainties about new federal crop insurance programs are making it tougher for Arkansas row crop farmers to secure operating loans. Tight cash flow has already struck some growers as the percentage of loans going into state …

Ratings of Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. of Iowa Downgraded

A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating to A- (Excellent) from A (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating to “a-”from “a” of Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa (FMH), headquartered in West Des Moines. Both ratings have been removed from …

Iowa’s Farmers Mutual Hail, John Deere Insurance Close Acquisition

Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa (FMH) announced its acquisition of Illinois-based John Deere Insurance Company and John Deere Risk Protection Inc. is complete Headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, FMH has served America’s farmers since 1893 with a combination of …

Crop Insurance Deadline Nears for West Virginia Farmers

A deadline is approaching for West Virginia farmers to buy insurance for crops planted in the spring. March 15 is the closing date to either buy crop insurance or change an existing policy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management …

Iowa’s Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance to Acquire John Deere Crop Insurance

Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. of Iowa (FMH) announced it is acquiring Moline, Ill.-based John Deere Insurance Co. and John Deere Risk Protection Inc. The action is a result of Deere’s previously announced review of strategic options for the crop insurance business. …

North Dakota Trial Set In Deteriorating Potatoes, Crop Insurance Case

Trial is set to begin for two North Dakota brothers accused of intentionally destroying potatoes and defrauding the federal government out of about $2 million in crop insurance payments. Aaron and Derek Johnson, of the Cooperstown area, are charged with …

Crop Of Climate Corps May Bloom in Ag Insurance Landscape

You can still shake your climate moneymaker. Climate change certainly didn’t carry the day in the November elections. It shouldn’t be news to anyone that the topic ushered in few if any victories for those who had it high on …

Dry Conditions Shouldn’t Impact Hawaii Coffee Crops

A new forecast says Hawaii’s Big Island can expect below-average rainfall this winter. But it’s not likely to experience severe drought. The National Weather Service says there is a 55- to 60 percent chance of El Nino conditions developing. But …

Texas Cotton Farmers Say Farm Bill Provision Saves Crop Insurance

Texas cotton producers say they are pleased to learn the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reconsidered its decision about implementing a provision of the farm bill. The department’s announcement means its Risk Management Agency will calculate production yields for all …