The video below describes how the USDA uses various indexing systems to determine climate conditions and offer different types of insurance.
Relying on these data, the USDA and private companies insured nearly $1 billion worth of agricultural production in 2013.
As climate warms, the frequency and severity of droughts in some parts of the U.S. may increase. Producers who need to find hay or buy replacement feed could incur deep and significant financial losses as the result of drought. The crop insurance program is one way to help mitigate these losses and to keep growers and ranchers in business.
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To contact a qualified Crop Insurance Agent, you can either click the link at the bottom of the page, under where it says “Contact Information,” or access the page directly at: http://www3.rma.usda.gov/apps/agents/.