Earlier this year, the Risk Management Agency started offering crop insurance enterprise units by crop type for wheat, peas, lentils and dry beans. National Sunflower Association Executive Director John Sandbakken would like to see this extended to sunflowers. “We have approached RMA for two years about this. There are oil-type and confection sunflowers. Producers have separate production histories and pay separate premiums. Yet when grown in the same enterprise unit, if there’s an adjustment for loss, the yields of the two types of sunflowers are combined. One may have a loss and the other may exceed APH. It may negate, because it was it was enough to cover up the loss. It didn’t make sense to us.” This week, North Dakota and South Dakota lawmakers sent a letter to the RMA asking them to allow enterprise units to be insured by type. Sandbakken is hoping RMA will make the change before 2022.
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