Pasture, Rangeland, Forage

Crop insurance that covers perennial forages and grazing land used to feed livestock.

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

How it Works

  • Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (PRF) is an area-based insurance program that protects against yield losses caused by low precipitation relative to a historic average on forage produced for grazing or harvesting hay. Claims are based on roughly 17x17-mile grids and a Rainfall Index.
  • Producers make several choices, including coverage level, index intervals, irrigated practice, productivity factor and number of acres.

Rainfall Index

  • Coverage is based on rainfall in a defined grid. Because the index is based on rainfall data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center and not on individual production, you may have poor production on a grid and still not receive an indemnity or vice versa.
  • You must select at least two, 2-month periods (index intervals) during which precipitation is important to your operation.

Productivity Factor

  • You can establish a value between 60% and 150% of the county base value and match the amount of your protection to the value of forage that best represents your specific grazing or hay operation.

Coverage Level

  • You can select a coverage level between 70% and 90% in 5% increments. This will be considered the trigger level to determine whether an indemnity is payable. An indemnity will be payable when the interval index falls below the trigger value.

Irrigated

  • In 2016, RMA began offering coverage in some states for irrigated hay to cover above-normal irrigation costs due to precipitation shortfalls.

Losses

  • RMA determines a grazing value based on stocking rates, available forage and the value of the forage in the area. It employs Animal Unit Month data for each state and county to determine the “yield” for grazed acreage and hay prices to determine current value.

RMA PRF Support Tools

Deadline

  • The annual sign-up deadline for PRF is November 15.

Available to all qualifying producers regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.

"They've been excellent. Within minutes they called me back to get the claims process started."

Ryan & Amy

Grain & Beef Producers, Iowa

Ryan & Amy

Why Work With Us For Insurance?

Dedicated Specialists

They focus 100% of their time on crop and livestock insurance — every working day of every week in the year. They don’t sell property, casualty or life insurance.

Highly Trained

Our insurance officers receive annual training on RMA changes to crop and livestock insurance plans and stay informed throughout the year.

Financial Expertise

As a lender, we understand financial risk and work to protect your working capital, not just your crop or livestock.

Trigger Yield Calculator

Trigger yields assist producers with crop insurance and risk management decisions. Understanding what will trigger loss payments is an important part of choosing the correct level of crop insurance coverage.

The results provided by this tool are for estimation purposes only; actual loss triggers may vary. Contact your Farm Credit Services of America insurance officer for more information.

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Contact us if you have questions or need more information. Fill out the form, or connect with your local office using the Office Locator.

FCSAmerica serves farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. For inquiries outside this geography, use the Farm Credit Association Locator  to contact your local office.