Farm Service Agency Bulletin
Illinois State Committee Member Appointed
USDA Approves Modifications to Margin Protection Plan of Insurance

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[September 04, 2018]    Illinois State Committee Member Appointed - Illinois FSA would like to welcome George Obernagel of Waterloo, Illinois, back to the Farm Service agency as he has recently been appointed to the USDA-Illinois Farm Service Agency State Committee by U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. He preciously served on the Illinois FSA State Committee under a previous administration.

Obernagel will join previously appointed State Committee Chairperson Jim Reed of DeLand and Committee members Melanie DeSutter of Woodhull ; Troy Uphoff of Findlay, who are responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving appeals from the agriculture community, and helping to keep producers informed about FSA programs.

Obernagel is the owner of his family farm and is very familiar with the agriculture industry and USDA programs. He earned is Bachelors Degree from McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. For over 25 years Obernagel worked for community banks holding such positions as Vice President; Trust Officer; and Farm Manager.

USDA Approves Modifications to Margin Protection Plan of Insurance
Crop Insurance Program Expands Options for America’s Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced greater crop insurance options for farmers against unexpected decreases in their operating margin. Offered through the federal crop insurance program, margin protection insurance for corn, wheat, rice and soybeans will be available in more states and have updates designed to better clarify the real input costs covered beginning in 2018.

The RMA is expanding margin protection for corn and soybeans to Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The RMA also reevaluated how the liabilities and deductibles were identified and has increased the maximum coverage level available to 95 percent. In addition, the program was updated to add a harvest price option for all margin protection crops, which will allow farmers to get the greater of the projected price or the harvest price to further result in a more effective safety net for farmers.

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Margin protection insurance is a privately-developed product and first became available in 2016 to provide coverage based on an expected margin, which is the expected area revenue minus the expected area operating costs, for each applicable crop, type and practice. Margin protection is area-based coverage and may not necessarily reflect individual experience. The margin protection plan can be purchased by itself, or in conjunction with a Yield Protection or Revenue Protection policy.

A producer may choose coverage from 70 percent to 95 percent of their expected margin. A higher level of coverage will have a higher premium rate. The last day to purchase a margin protection policy for corn, soybeans, and spring wheat is Sept. 30, 2017. The last day to purchase margin protection for rice is the same as the sales closing date for the underlying rice insurance policy, which varies by county. Maps of eligible counties and other resources can be found on the margin protection webpage .

Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the RMA Agent Locator.

Learn more about crop insurance and the modern farm safety net at www.rma.

Please contact your local FSA Office.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

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