Drought Update – September 4, 2012

The continental United States is parched, with 63% of the lower 48 states experiencing moderate to exceptional drought, according to the August 28 U.S. Drought Monitor. Crop insurance is helping farmers pick up the pieces. So far in 2012:

• Farmers have invested more than $4 billion to purchase more than 1.2 million crop insurance policies.

• The policies provide $115 billion in liability protection.

• 15,000 private crop insurance agents and 5,000 loss adjusters are already helping farmers with claims.

• The crop insurance industry has already paid out $1.2 billion in indemnity checks.