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26 08
2016
USA - Association ADDS Drone Insurance For Farmers
With the Federal Aviation Administration’s small drone regulations to take effect next week, the American Association of Insurance Services is filing new drone insurance coverage forms and rules for the fastest-growing industry using the technology: farms and agribusiness. Already approved by 35 state departments of insurance, the Unmanned Aircraft Liability Coverage forms and rules are being added to AAIS’s Agricultural General Liability Program. AAIS is an advisory group that designs standardized insurance policy forms and rating information, which it gets approved by states. Once approved, this information is passed along to AAIS member companies, who can then offer the policies to their clients.
26 08
2016
USA - Analyst sees only modest insurance claims on 2016 corn crop
Revenue insurance claims on corn are likely to be modest this year except in eastern areas of the Corn Belt that have been hurt by dry weather, a leading analyst says. The harvest price for corn is likely to be below what was projected for insurance coverage, but actual yields are expected to be better than average on most farms, suggesting that Revenue Protection policies “will not make payments on many farms," University of Illinois economist Gary Schnitkey writes in farmdocdaily.
26 08
2016
India - Irregularities in crop insurance scheme in 4 districts
Irregularities have come to light in the government’s ambitious crop insurance scheme in four northern districts of the State, with some of the beneficiaries making either multiple or false claims. Some have enrolled into the scheme by creating fake land records. Preliminary investigations indicated that 10 to 15 per cent of cases related to crop insurance scheme for kharif cultivation in 2015–16 in Kalaburagi, Dharwad, Haveri, and Gadag districts are dubious.
26 08
2016
Latin America loses up to 20% of its potato to the drought
Several experts on potato crops stated in Panama that global warming destroyed between 10% and 20% of Latin America's annual potato production and that it had become the main threat faced by this crop, even more than the late blight, an aggressive fungus that affects this crop. Numbers are not higher, Mora added, because many countries have saved their production thanks to artificial irrigation, a facility that not all producers have. Climate change also decreases the potato's quality and causes browning, an abnormal darkening of the foil, said the producer during the opening of the XXVII Congress of the Alap, which is being held in Panama City and that brings together experts and farmers in the region.
26 08
2016
India - Govt draws oppn flak for crop loss payment delay
With farmers hitting the streets protesting the inordinate delay in disbursement of compensation for 2015 kharif crops damaged due to drought, the opposition political parties have flayed the State Government for its insensitivity towards the plight of farmers. Though the timeline for receipt of final yield data for assessment of crop loss has been fixed as ‘within one month from final harvest’, the State Government has not been able to provide a factual crop cutting reports to the insurance companies till date.
26 08
2016
USA - Acadiana farmers assess damages following flooding
1800 acres of rice, a thousand acres harvested, and 800 to go. "I was still in it pretty big," a rice farmer, said. He thought it was over the moment the waters started flooding his fields. "I didn't know if I'd be able to save any of it much less some of it." While farmer considers himself one of the lucky ones--he said many farmers are not as lucky.