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ICA Comments on USDA RMA Recommendations
On Monday, December 21, 2020, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Contractors Report and Alternative Recommendations.
RMA contracted an independent evaluation of the PRF program to determine its effectiveness as a risk management tool for cattle producers. The report and recommendations were released in September of this year. While the evaluation was well-intended, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association asserts that any proposed changes to the insurance program should include producer input.
“As we reflect on how the program has benefitted producers in Iowa, it’s important that we recognize the value of consulting those producers when proposing any changes to a program such as PRF. Therefore, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association requests that RMA withdraw consideration of the alternative and contractor recommendations at this time. We recommend a survey of producers and/or direct consultation with organizations that represent cattlemen to ensure the PRF insurance program will achieve its intended purpose.”
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