USDA has announced farmers and ranchers with crop insurance nationwide can hay, graze or chop cover crops at any time and still receive 100 percent of the prevented planting payment. Previously, those cover crops couldn’t be used for hay or silage until after November 1. Risk Management Agency Acting Administrator Richard Flournoy told the Red River Farm Network this decision has been a work in progress. “In the last several years, we’ve had significant prevented planting and we did offer some flexibility in the past two years; this (cover crops announcement) has been under consideration for several years.” Senators Hoeven, Cramer and Thune praised this decision, saying a one-size-fits-all approach does not work for northern states. Hear more in this interview, where Flournoy also reflects on his recent visit to North Dakota.
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