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Crop insurance deadline nearing

The final day to apply for crop insurance coverage for Alabama pecan growers in Jan. 31, according to the USDA’s Risk Management Agency.

Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing coverage also have until the Jan. 31 sales closing date to do so.

Crop insurance provides protection against a loss in production due to natural perils, such as drought or excessive moisture. Coverage is available for pecans in Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Dallas, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lowndes, Macon, Mobile, Monroe, Pike, and Russell counties.

Growers are encouraged to visit their crop insurance agent soon to learn specific details for the 2016 crop year. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the RMA Agent Locator.

Growers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online. Learn more about crop insurance and the modem farm safety net at www.rma.usda.gov.