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A Tale of Two Maps: Why Crop Insurance Is Different.

People often ask why Washington has to involve itself at all in providing crop insurance to American farmers. After all, homeowners across the country buy fire insurance, individuals buy life insurance, business owners buy casualty and liability insu… Read More
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For Crop Insurance AIPs, a New Financial Environment

USDA’s Federal crop insurance program has benefited from a unique public-private partnership that is one of the most successful in government.  USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) and Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) set the insurance p… Read More
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Arbitration in Federal Crop Insurance AIP-Farmer Disputes

This past year, USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), which administers the Federal crop insurance program on behalf of USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), quietly issued three new regulatory interpretations with deep implications fo… Read More
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Celebrating 35 Years of Success: USDA Practice Team

Recently, Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz, P.C., otherwise known as “OFW Law,” celebrated 35 years of business with colleagues, family, friends and clients.  We were extremely proud to share this milestone with those who have helped make OFW Law… Read More
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Crop Insurance Appropriations - A Clue for the next SRA?

The great battle for the 2014 Farm Bill is thankfully over, but that hasn’t stopped the U.S. Congress from continuing to tinker with Federal Crop Insurance. Most recently, in late May, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees each voted t… Read More
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For Drought-Hit Farmers, USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Can Help, But Only If You Understand the Rules

The severe drought that had plagued the American Southwest over the past three years – the worst in modern memory – has taken a toll on many local businesses, taxpayers, and homeowners, but among its worst casualties have been American fa… Read More
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Federal Crop Insurance Sets Prices for Corn, Wheat, Cotton, and Soybeans

This week, USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) announced its projected prices for all FCIC crop insurance policies with March 15 sales deadlines for the 2014 crop year, including: Corn: $4.62 per bushel; Cotton: $0.78 per pound; Soybe… Read More
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The 2014 Farm Bill: The Challenge for Farm Producers

The 2014 Farm Bill creates a new environment for American agriculture far more friendly to producers who are experienced and comfortable using USDA’s Federal crop insurance program under the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC).  Not only did… Read More
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The 2014 Farm Bill: A Challenge for Federal Crop Insurance AIPs

Companies participating in USDA’s Federal crop insurance program (Approved Insurance Providers or “AIPs”) have much to like about the new 2014 Farm Bill being finalized on Capitol Hill this week.  Congress repealed a slew of traditional agricu… Read More
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RMA “Self Certification”: Can Federal Crop Insurance AIPs Rely on It In Defending Against Farmer Claims?

Federal crop insurance provided by USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) and participating private companies (Approved Insurance Providers or AIPs) is often described as a program based on “self-certification.”  Farmers annually rep… Read More
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