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Crop Insurance Changes Promote Water Conservation

center pivotThe USDA-Risk Management Agency (USDA-RMA) recently reduced its mandated number of crop samples per acre that must be maintained for insurance appraisal under center pivot irrigation.

These representative sample area (RSAs) reductions are important for minimizing the amount of water required to be pumped on crops affected by extreme environment conditions.

“We appreciate RMA’s willingness to work with the Kansas Water Office, the Kansas Department of Agriculture and farmers and ranchers on a solution to conserve water in Kansas,” said Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman.

This adjustment to USDA-RMA’s Loss Adjustment Manual (LAM) will allow for producers to more accurately determine and aggregate representative sample areas (RSAs) and conserve irrigated water, energy and operating costs when using center pivot irrigation systems.

“RMA has made great improvements to its process for providing an adequate crop sample under center-pivot irrigation,” said Tracy Streeter, Director of the Kansas Water Office. “This will allow producers to minimize the amount of water necessary to irrigate failed or damaged crops for insurance purposes.”

For more information regarding changes with the RSAs when acreage is contained in a center pivot irrigation system visit: http://www.rma.usda.gov/bulletins/pm/2013/13-023.pdf .

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