Abraham seeks new planting deadline for farmers
U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., has sent a request for an adjusted planting deadline to help area farmers who lost their corn crops because of flooding.
In a letter to Brandon Willis, administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency, which oversees crop insurance, Abraham asked that the penalty period for replanting a secondary crop be moved forward to April 28 from the current May 5 period.
Abraham requested the adjustment to help farmers meet their growing potential without needing to sacrifice crop insurance benefits.
According to information provided by Abraham's office, the current schedule requires farmers to plant and replant corn until the April 20 final planting date. A two-week late planting period follows where a farmer can continue to plant corn but faces diminishing crop insurance benefits. After the two-week period, farmers can plant a secondary crop on May 5 without facing a benefit penalty.
“Our farmers should be given every opportunity to maximize their yields. Recovering from the flood will be hard enough that we ought not tie them down with punitive rules and regulations,” Abraham said.
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