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Illinois Farm Bureau pushing for RMA deadline extension

November 23, 2009

As rained out farmers continued to sit on the sidelines last week, Illinois Farm Bureau was working on their behalf.

President Nelson sent a letter Nov. 17 to Risk Management Agency administrator William Murphy requesting the agency extend the Dec. 10 (End of Insurance Period) deadline for reporting crop insurance claims on spring planted crops.

Even though we have repeatedly published this fall the procedures producers need to follow we are concerned that many farmers may still be unaware of the EOIP date and what they need to do.  Producers are extremely busy obviously and many may not have the time to read publications outlining the procedure.  We believe thoroughness and making sure all producers coverage is extended is vital.  Without a blanket extension of the EOIP, there could certainly be numerous cases of producers not filing the necessary claim forms in time because they were unaware they needed to.  This could lead to negative confrontations between farmers, agents, and the RMA.

In a week marked by five straight days of rain in much of Illinois, IFB also reached out to Sen. Durbin and several congressional offices for assistance.  Sen. Durbin made sure RMA received our letter. 

 Congressmen Tim Johnson and Bill Foster circulated a letter of their own last week to members in Illinois and throughout the rain soaked Midwest.  That letter was sent Monday afternoon to RMA just ahead of a crop report, showing just 60 percent of the corn harvested in Illinois — compared to 52 percent a week ago.

11.23.09_Johnson-Foster_Letter_To_RMA_asking_for_EOIP_Extensionpdf

Please take a few moments to thank your representatives for working with their colleagues in neighboring states to help us get through the wettest and longest harvest in decades.   In addition to Congressmen Johnson and Foster, Illinois members who signed the letter were Reps. Shimkus, Hare, Schock, Manzullo, and Halvorson.

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