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USDA urges washed-out farmers to pursue insurance claims

Farmers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio who have experienced crop damage due to heavy rainfall and flooding should contact their insurance agents about possible claims, the Agriculture Department said today.

“Agricultural producers who are unable to plant due to excess moisture need to contact their insurance company to discuss prevented planting policy requirements related to their specific coverage and farming operation," Brian Frieden, director of the Springfield Regional Office of the Risk Management Agency, said in a news release.

“The producer's insurance company will make the final determination of acres eligible for prevented planting payments or outline other options, if any are available," Frieden said.

Producers who have acreage that is now damaged because of excess moisture or flooding should notify their insurance company of the crop damage, he added.