NJ Receives Grant for Crop Insurance Education

12/21/2013 7:00 AM

TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has been awarded a $282,000 crop insurance education grant from the USDA’s Risk Management Agency to ensure producers get the information they need to effectively manage risk and ensure their businesses are productive and competitive.

“This funding will help teach New Jersey farmers the best way to protect the investment they make in their crops and how to utilize crop insurance effectively,” said state Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher.

“Producers in our state must contend with a variety of challenges, such as flooding, drought and storm damage,” Fisher said.

This is the 13th year the department has received the grant. The funds will be used for education and outreach to producers so they are informed of existing and emerging crop insurance products.

The department is working with the county of Salem and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Salem County for this program.

New Jersey is one of 45 states to benefit from $10 million allocated to two RMA programs, The Targeted States Program and The Risk Management Education Partnership Program.

To learn more about crop insurance or a list of crop insurance agents in New Jersey, call the NJ Crop Insurance Education team at 1-800-308-2449 or visit http://salem.rutgers.edu/cropinsurance.

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