federal crop insurance program News

West Virginia Livestock Producers Offered Pilot Insurance Program

A pilot insurance program is being offered to West Virginia livestock producers to help manage financial risk. The Rainfall Index Pasture, Rangeland, Forage program’s payments aren’t based on single weather stations or individual rain gauges. Instead, the program uses a …

Crop Insurance Options Extended in North Dakota

U.S. Agriculture Department has announced new supplemental coverage for North Dakota crops through the federal crop insurance program. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven said the department’s Supplemental Coverage Option will include corn and barley for all North Dakota counties in the …

Federal Insurance Plan Aims to Protect Reluctant Dairy, Livestock Farmers

A plan in the new U.S. farm law to help dairy farmers limit losses from rising feed costs or falling milk prices may become a model in coming years for livestock producers who have resisted similar types of insurance. The …

South Dakota Farmer Charged With Filing False Insurance Claims

A South Dakota farmer is charged in federal court with three counts of filing false crop insurance claims. Fifty-two-year-old Nicholas Berbos has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Trial is scheduled May 13 in Aberdeen. The indictment accuses Berbos of …

White House Threatens Veto of Farm Bill Over Food Stamp Cuts

The White House threatened to veto a five-year farm bill on Thursday because of “unacceptable deep cuts” in food stamps for the poor that could increase hunger across America. In a statement on the eve of debate in the House …

Starr Indemnity Approved to Participate in Federal Crop Insurance Program

Starr Indemnity & Liability Co. has received approval from the Risk Management Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture to participate as an Approved Insurance Provider in the federal multi-peril crop insurance program for 2013. Starr Indemnity & Liability …

South Dakota Tree Farms Agree to Pay $170K in Insurance Fraud Case

The owners of two South Dakota tree farms linked to a Federal Crop Insurance Program fraud case have agreed to pay the federal government $170,000 to settle the case. The payment settled allegations Black Hills Tree Farm and Western Hills …

N.C. Farmer Pleads Guilty to Million Dollar Crop Insurance Fraud

Federal authorities announced last week that a North Carolina farmer pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud on the federal crop insurance program for payments worth over $1 million. According to authorities, Harry Dean Canady, 63, of Lumberton, N.C., owned …