The RMA issued a new rule in the fall of 2016, effective for the 2017 crop year, regarding the term "practical to replant".
This rule changed an assumption in the law concerning each individual crop insurance policy where it is now considered practical to replant through the last day of the Late Planting Period, June 9th for rice, unless shown otherwise.
It will be considered practical to replant unless the RMA determines it is physically impossible to replant the acreage or there is no chance of seed germination, emergence, and formation of a healthy plant.
John Minor Crop Insurance attended a meeting, held in Bono, AR, yesterday afternoon, in regards to the new ruling. We visited with representatives from Congressman Rick Crawford's office and Senator John Boozman's office.
They invite you to share your concerns regarding the practical to replant rule. If you would like to voice your opinion on the matter, we encourage you to contact the following:
From Congressman Rick Crawford's office -
Christopher Jones, Legislative Director
Phone: (202) 225-4076
Jay Sherrod, Projects Director
Phone: (501) 843-3043
From Senator John Boozman's office -
William Ty Davis, State Agriculture Liaison
Phone: (870) 672-6941
Chris Caldwell, State Projects Director
Phone: (501) 372-7153
Sonny Perdue, Secretary of U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, D.C. 20250