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USDA Announces Loss Adjustment for Late Apple Harvest in the PNW

SPOKANE, Wash., Nov. 5, 2014 – USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced an extension of the insurance period for apple Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) policyholders to Thursday, November 20, 2014. The extension was approved due to an unprecedented extended warm autumn that caused the maturity of apples in the Pacific Northwest to be delayed.

 In keeping with USDA measures to assist producers in managing weather conditions, Approved Insurance Providers may authorize insured apple policyholders additional time to harvest through November 20, on a case-by-case basis. This additional time will allow claims to be settled based on harvested production when the end of insurance has passed.

 Producers are encouraged to visit their insurance agent to learn details specific to their apple MPCI policy. Federal insurance program policies are sold and delivered solely through private livestock insurance companies and agents.  A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA service centers throughout the United States and on the RMA web site at www3.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents.

WSDA Proposed Livestock Rule Changes

The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Animal Services Division is proposing several rule changes because of increased disease concerns to livestock and animal disease traceability.  Proposed rule changes to Washington Administrative Codes (WAC) that are being considered:

WAC 16-29, Animal Disease Traceability:  Establish per head fees and collection process on cattle sold or slaughtered in state or transported out of state.   Proposed rule information: http://agr.wa.gov/LawsRules/Rulemaking/AH/AnimalDiseaseTraceability.aspx

WAC 16-54, Animal Importation:  Concerning importation of pigs with respect to porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV); horses, goats, sheep, and llamas on round trip traveling into Washington; pooling for trichomoniasis samples; and age requirement for (Tuberculosis) TB testing of dairy cattle.  Proposed rule information: http://agr.wa.gov/LawsRules/Rulemaking/AH/AnimalImportation.aspx Read more

November 2014 Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

The November 2014 edition of the Farmland Preservation newsletter is now available.

The November edition includes information a new workbook for farmers and ranchers in Washington, grants, calendar items and much more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link:

November 2014 Farmland Preservation Newsletter (PDF)

As always, there is plenty more to browse and dates to note. If you have suggestions for newsletter content, drop a line to us at ofp@scc.wa.gov