On Tuesday the USDA announced a new Farm Bill initiative to assist agricultural producers with losses from severe weather, including drought, according to Growing Georgia.   They report “The Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible producers who have been hit with severe weather to receive a higher approved yield on their insurance policies through the federal crop insurance program.”

The program will allow farmers to remove years with poor yields due to bad weather or drought from calculations of average yield for crop insurance purposes, allowing them to report a higher average yield for comparison to yields in harvests affected by severe weather or drought conditions.

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