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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency has announced that Nov. 20 is the final date for Virginia apple and peach growers to obtain crop insurance on next year’s crop or make any changes to their existing contracts. Crop insurance provides coverage against production losses due to damage caused by natural perils and adverse weather conditions such as hail, wind, frost and drought.

The agency has also announced that Nov. 15 is the final date for Virginia beekeepers and Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (PRF) producers to apply for crop insurance through the Rainfall Index program. The Rainfall Index is a group risk policy that covers apiculture as well as forage and livestock producers’ forage produced for grazing or harvested for hay.