USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) today encouraged insured producers concerned about the impact of Asian soybean rust to use good farming practices by seeking and following recommendations of agricultural experts to control soybean rust. Further, RMA recommends the insured producer document the advice received and actions taken to combat this disease.

"We encourage all producers to talk to their crop insurance agent to understand and comply with the terms of their crop insurance policy to ensure they will be adequately prepared to meet the challenges presented by this disease," said RMA administrator Ross J. Davidson, Jr. "While the disease is an insured peril under the federal crop insurance program, damage due to the insufficient or improper application of available disease control measures is not."

Under the terms of the Common Crop Insurance Policy, a practice is considered a good farming practice if agricultural experts agree that the production method used will allow the crop to make normal progress toward maturity and produce at least the yield used to determine the production guarantee.

Failure to purchase and apply adequate control measures due to economic reasons is not an insurable cause of loss. Producers must be knowledgeable of any pending outbreaks and the control methods recommended by local agricultural experts, such as extension agents and certified crop consultants, used in their area to combat the disease.

Information about Asian soybean rust control measures may be obtained from local chemical dealers, crop consultants, and plant pathologists in agriculture departments of State governments, universities, and USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service who are familiar with the risks of exposure to this disease.

Source: Government Release