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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The federal Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) included new requirements that all producers – including fruit, vegetable, specialty crop and nursery producers – that purchase federally-subsidized crop insurance must certify compliance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture by June 1, 2015.

This applies to growers even if they are not purchasing crop insurance policies until later in the year. Any growers who do not file the correct paperwork (Form AD-1026) by June 1 will be ineligible to receive the premium subsidy and may see a substantial increase in the individual crop insurance policy for the 2015-16 reinsurance year.

Producers should meet with their crop insurance agent or visit their local USDA service center before the deadline to ensure compliance with the new procedure. For more information about crop insurance and the Farm Bill, go to www.rma.usda.gov.

For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit FreshFromFlorida.com.