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Nursery Growers Reminded to Sign Up for Crop Insurance Before May 1

Harrisburg – Pennsylvania nursery growers who want to protect their crop investments from adverse weather conditions, wildlife damage and unstable markets for a full year can sign up for crop insurance coverage by May 1.

Multiple peril crop insurance, or MPCI, provides protection for nurseries that earn at least 50 percent of their gross income from wholesale marketing of nursery plants grown in standard nursery containers or in the field.

Enrollment in MPCI can be done year round with a 30-day waiting period before a policy takes effect.

“Crop insurance is an essential part of doing business,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “With the help of crop insurance, many farmers who suffered severe crop damage during last year’s flooding are back on their feet and making plans for this growing season. Crop insurance keeps farmers farming.”

To date, more than $59.9 million in indemnities have been paid to insured producers affected by the September 2011 flooding.

Greig said recent changes to MPCI provide growers greater flexibility to take out policies that align with their business plans. Growers may choose to insure field or container grown crops, or both. Also available are basic units and three endorsements: peak inventory, plant rehabilitation and higher price.

Producers should contact their local crop insurance agent before May 1 to purchase insurance for the entire year. Previous policies are automatically renewed unless canceled by May 31. A list of agents can be found at

For more information about Pennsylvania’s crop insurance education program, call 717-705-9511 or visit and click on “Programs.”

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