To qualify for prevented planting in the Prairie Pothole National Priority Area, acreage must have been "planted and harvested (or incurred an insurable loss other than for excess moisture) in at least one out of the last four years, regardless of whether any of those years was abnormally dry," according to a new special provision statement from USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA).
This special provision is intended to clarify what acreage is eligible for prevented planting in the region, which includes areas of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.
The new provision applies to prevented planting and acreage for the 2014 crop and succeeding years in the Prairie Pothole region.
The statement was developed by RMA in response to recommendations made by crop insurance companies, the USDA Office of Inspector General, and producers in the Prairie Pothole regions.
To be eligible for a prevented planting payment, a cause of loss that prevented planting must have occurred within the prevented planting insurance period for both new and carry over policies. For more information, producers should contact their crop insurance agents.