SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announces expanded coverage availability for the Forage (Alfalfa) Seed Pilot Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) program to all counties in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

In previous years, the pilot program only allowed for coverage availability in: Idaho: Canyon and Owyhee counties; Oregon: Malheur County and Washington: Grant and Walla Walla counties. Since the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board has approved expansion and conversion of the pilot to a permanent regulatory program, coverage is now available through the written agreement process.

Until the pilot program is made permanent through the Federal rule-making process, RMA has modified the Forage (Alfalfa) Seed pilot program for the 2012 crop year to allow written agreements for producers outside the pilot area.

Producers are encouraged to visit with their crop insurance agent by the September 30 sales closing date to learn if they would be eligible for coverage under a written agreement for the 2012 crop year. Federal crop insurance program policies are sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance companies and agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers throughout the United States or on the RMA Web site at http://www3.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents.