Reminder: Perennial Crop Sales Closing

CORTLAND, N.Y. — The deadline to insure Northeast perennial crops for the 2021 crop year is November 20, 2020. Insurable perennial crops include apples, peaches, grapes, cranberries, blueberries, pears and cherries. Coverage availability varies by county, so please view the crop fact sheets available at CropGrowers.com.

The crop insurance program has become the backbone of many Northeast farms’ risk management plans. Weather fluctuation and market volatility are major risks for crop producers. Crop insurance helps to manage this risk by providing protection against damage caused by hail, wind, frost, excess moisture, drought, disease, insects or wildlife. To hear firsthand from New York apple grower Alicia Abendroth, of Abendroth’s Apple Ridge Orchard, how crop insurance has added financial stability to their operation, click here.

To protect investments in the 2021 crop, perennial crop producers should contact their Crop Growers agent well in advance of the November 20 deadline to sign up or make changes to their coverage. Producers who are renewing coverage should report to their crop insurance agent any changes in their business, such as bringing a new member into the business or forming an LLC or Corporation.

“As the largest crop insurance provider in the region, we protect over 50,000 acres of perennial crops in the Northeast,” said Melissa Pinckney, Western New York Crop Growers Agent. “We take great pride in keeping our producers up to date on the mechanics of the policies throughout the year to make sure they have the tools they need to support a sound risk management strategy.”

Crop Growers, LLP, is an independent agency that sells and services crop insurance for 35 different crops through a nine-state territory. Crop Growers is owned by Farm Credit East, in conjunction with other Northeast Farm Credit Associations. Producers do not need to be a Farm Credit customer to purchase crop insurance. Contact the Crop Growers Customer Service Center at 1-800-234-7012 to learn more.


For more information:
Contact: Kristie Matuszewski
Telephone: 800.562.2235
Email: Kristie.Matuszewski@FarmCreditEast.com