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On Tuesday, the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced an expansion of the list of counties that are eligible for double-crop coverage under crop insurance. Coverage will be expanded or streamlined in over 1,500 counties to double-crop soybeans and sorghum behind wheat.

RMA is also working with the crop insurance industry and farm organizations to help streamline and improve the written agreements for farmers that are outside the areas where coverage has been expanded. The announcement comes as part of the Administration’s efforts to support U.S. farmers during the volatility caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The San Luis Valley depends on agriculture and the endangered resources in its aquifer. A proposal to divert 20,000 acre-feet to the Front Range would further threaten the valley’s water and economy, critics say. Photo by Tara Flanagan

“Crop insurance provides a critical risk management tool for wheat growers, and today’s announcement will help expand availability for the double cropping opportunities in 2023,” said National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President and Washington state wheat grower Nicole Berg. “NAWG appreciates the Administration for taking the thoughtful and moderate approach to examine where double-crop insurance opportunities are available across the United States. Today’s announcement is particularly timely to help farmers, agents, and companies become familiar with administrative changes and make the necessary adjustments.”

The expansion comes after President Joe Biden announced several actions in May during a speech on a farm in Kankakee, Illinois. During the farm visit, he noted that the USDA would implement a series of improvements to help farmers grow more food. NAWG appreciates the Administration’s efforts to help provide a more adequate safety net for American wheat farmers during this time of global food shortages.

NAWG will also work with the Biden Administration, RMA, and farmers to help educate farmers on the opportunities provided by this expansion. NAWG is the primary policy representative in Washington D.C. for wheat growers, working to ensure a better future for America’s growers, the industry, and the general public. It works with a team of 20 state wheat grower organizations to benefit the wheat industry at the national level.