Elbow Lake, Minnesota-based Farmers Agency Incorporated insurance agent Matt Allen says field conditions have been fantastic in the area, helping harvest progress. The snow coming through slowed things down. Harvest and the weather are big topics at the Crop Insurance Professionals Association fall meeting. “The yields are coming in a little higher than the APH. Conditions have been fantastic compared to last year. It won’t quite be the slog we saw last year.” Allen, the vice-chairman of the CIPA legislative committee, says a panel of USDA staffers reviewed some common questions on ad-hoc programs during the meeting. “It’s important for farmers to sign up for the WHIP+ program by October 30. There is going to be some time after that they are going to have to figure out the payments, but the important part is to make sure farmers get their application into FSA.”
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