USDA has unveiled its new crop insurance option for corn farmers who split-apply nitrogen. The Post Application Coverage Endorsement, also known as PACE, is available in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and eight other Midwestern states. Risk Management Agency Administrator Marcia Bunger said this option is good for the environment and the balance sheet. “It is a good balance and a level of protection for corn farmers who have done conservation-minded agriculture.” Like other crop insurance programs, the sales closing date for PACE is March 15. Bunger is a South Dakota native and was appointed in late November. In an interview with the Red River Farm Network, Bunger said this has been a unique experience. “It’s kind of like baptism by fire,” said Bunger with a grin. “My career was spent with FSA for over 25 years as a county executive director and I went into the private sector and served agriculture by doing crop insurance.” Bunger is the first woman and the first Asian-American to lead RMA.
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