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Find trends and outlooks, education and more on financing rural America from Farm Credit Services of America.

Nov 6, 2019 | Crop Insurance

The disruptions in propane supplies are compounding an already challenging growing season marked by late plantings and a delayed harvest.

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May 12, 2015 | Crop Insurance

Corn Planting Well Along as Final Planting Dates Approach

Progress has been rapid in planting this year's crops. But for those who face challenges, our crop insurance staff reviews options when final planting dates arrive.

Mar 3, 2015 | Crop Insurance

FCSAmerica GrowingOn Meetings Help Producers Prepare for the 2015 Crop Year

FCSAmerica hosted GrowingOn® meetings in 30 locations across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota from December 2014 through January 2015.

Jan 13, 2015 | Crop Insurance

Crop Insurance 101

Choosing the right crop insurance doesn’t have to be complicated. Steve Johnson breaks the decision down to a few key points to help producers decide between ARC and PLC.

Dec 11, 2014 | Crop Insurance

Tools to Managing Commodity Price Volatility

With interest rates still near historical all-time lows, agriculture producers have a prime opportunity to structure debt and focus on working capital to withstand commodity price volatility.

Nov 12, 2014 | Crop Insurance

ARC and PLC Training Videos Available

The first three videos in the Helping Finalize Decision for Election/Enrollment in the New Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) vs. Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Programs video series have been are available on YouTube via fcsamerica.com/farm-bill-2014.

Oct 28, 2014 | Crop Insurance

Help Available in Choosing Right Crop Insurance

Producers have until March 31, 2015, to decide between PLC and ARC. FCSAmerica has a number of resources to help producers make the best crop insurance decision for their operations.

Sep 12, 2014 | Crop Insurance

FCSAmerica Comments on Crop Insurance Interim Rule

FCSAmerica has let federal authorities know that an interim rule would adversely impact producers who invested in preparing native sod for planting in 2014.

Jul 10, 2014 | Crop Insurance

How Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) Protects Your Operation

No bones about it. ARC is tough to understand. But this primer will go a long way toward helping you decide if ARC or PLC is the commodity program your operation.

Jul 1, 2014 | Crop Insurance

How Price Loss Coverage Protects Your Operation

Farmers face a one-time decision in which they must elect one of two commodity programs: Price Loss Coverage (PLC) or Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC). We look at each program to help producers weigh which one is the best risk management tool for their operation.

Jun 10, 2014 | Crop Insurance

Hail Storm a Reminder of Managing Risks with Crop Insurance

The storm that hit parts of Nebraska and Iowa on June 3 proved as powerful as forecasters had warned. Fortunately, customers heeded the warnings and reviewed their crop insurance levels before the hail hit.

Mar 19, 2014 | Crop Insurance

Proper Identification Number Required

Entity types such as individuals operating as businesses, estates, and irrevocable trusts require Employer Identification.

Mar 12, 2014 | Crop Insurance

FCSAmerica GrowingOn Meetings Help Producers Navigate Through Crop Price Volatility

FCSAmerica hosted GrowingOn® meetings in 30 locations across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota from December 2013 through January 2014.

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