drought insurance

drought insurance for ranchers

    Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage (PRF) insurance is often mistakenly called “drought insurance.” However, PRF is more accurately described as “rainfall volatility insurance” because it’s not limited to stiff parameters like NAP, LFP, and other disaster programs.

    With PRF, your coverage is not restricted to apply only in drought conditions. Instead, PRF insurance triggers an indemnity payment whenever rainfall on your insured land is below the 70-year average during covered intervals to supplement your operations’ financial losses caused by lower-than-normal precipitation.

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    PRF is Rainfall Volatility Insurance

    PRF is not drought insurance. Instead, it protects your ranch from losses caused by volatile rainfall by providing indemnity payments when precipitation in your area is lower than the 70-year average.

    Get Paid Indemnities When
    Rainfall is Low

    Indemnity payments are issued automatically when rainfall is lower than average in covered intervals and can be used however the rancher chooses. Some purchase hay to supplement their forage loss, upgrade equipment, pay off debt, or save for the future.

    No up-front costs

    Your premium is not due up-front. The indemnity payment goes towards the premium until the balance is satisfied, after which any additional payments go straight to you with no out-of-pocket costs.

    USDA Subsidized

    PRF insurance is USDA subsidized, meaning the US federal government pays a portion of your premium.

    How is PRF Different from Disaster Relief Programs?

      Disaster programs like LFP and NAP exist to assist agricultural operations during catastrophic weather events, and assistance is provided based only on your perceived need if you meet certain parameters. While PRF is sometimes referred to as “drought insurance”, it is fundamentally different from these disaster programs.

      PRF is better described as rainfall volatility insurance. PRF is intended to maintain your profitability by triggering an indemnity payment automatically whenever precipitation is lower than the 70-year average on your rangeland during your coverage interval. This means that you can receive coverage outside of drought periods or other catastrophic weather events, and you’ll never have to file a claim or meet with an adjuster.

      PRF insurance insures ranches against rainfall volatility as compared to the LFP and NAP government programs.

      drought insurance FAQs

      How can insurance protect you from financial loss?

      Indemnity payments through PRF insurance enable you to supplement any financial losses you can incur through a dry season such as hay purchases and increased irrigation costs.

      How much does PRF insurance cost?

      Your premium is dependent on the amount of land that you’d like covered. However, PRF insurance is USDA-subsidized, which means you are not on the hook for the whole premium balance, as a portion of it is paid for by the US Government. And, because your indemnity payment will go towards your premium until the balance is paid in full, any additional payment goes straight to you with no up-front or out-of-pocket cost.

      What is the most common use of rangeland?

      Livestock grazing is the most common use of rangeland. It is also the main management tool to maintain forage production and soil health.

      Does crop insurance cover drought?

      No, crop insurance through PRF coverage protects you from rainfall volatility, not drought conditions.

      What is the difference between pasture and rangeland?

      The main difference between pasture and rangeland lies in whether or not the grasses grown on the land are domesticated or native to the area. According to the EPA, pasture includes “lands that are primarily used for the production of adapted, domesticated forage plants for livestock”, while rangelands are primarily made up of grasses that are natural and native to the area.

      What is grazing land insurance?

      Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage insurance protects your grazing land from losses due to rainfall volatility.

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