There are about 5,000 certified crop insurance adjusters in the country who are already visiting farms and assessing damage. More than 2,000 of these adjusters are expected to attend NCIS sponsored training sessions this summer where part of the focus will be on this year’s droughts.

Although indemnity payments on the 2012 crop are already being made, NCIS is unable to predict the extent of likely damages this year because reliable information about the number of policies sold in 2012 and the acres covered by those policies will not be available until mid-August. Final indemnity estimates will take even longer to filter in.

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In the meantime, Zacharias offered advice for farmers who are facing weather disaster.

If producers think they have a loss on an insured crop, they must:

(1) Notify their crop insurance agent within 72 hours of the initial discovery of damage;

(2) Continue to care for the crop and protect it against further damage, if possible; and,

(3) Obtain consent from the insurance company prior to destroying any of the insured crop.

“Crop insurance is working well, and it will prove to be instrumental to agriculture’s ability to rebound this year,” Zacharias concluded. “As Congress debates a new farm bill and as the administration considers future changes, we hope they will see our impressive track record and do no harm to crop insurance.”