One provision in this year’s farm disaster program is the ‘top-up’ payment for farmers unable to plant a crop this year. Farmers with a prevented planting insurance claim are eligible for a supplemental ‘top-up’ payment of up to 15 percent of the PP payment if they have a revenue insurance plan. According to a study conducted by American Farm Bureau Federation chief economist John Newton, the highest county payments are being made in Illinois. “The areas of the Cornbelt with significant delays and had to use prevented plant are going to have a higher payment due to the higher APH and higher coverage area election.”
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