Added Land, Ground Out of CRP, and New Breaking

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Added Land, Taking Ground Out of CRP, and New Breaking Land

RMA & USDA are going through major website changes & migrations. Some links may be broken, we are replacing old ones as USDA posts new links to webpages & handbooks.


USDA & RMA Information Links

FAQ – Native Sod Provisions 

2018 Crop Insurance Handbook Direct Links:

Acreage Emerging from a USDA Program

New Breaking Acreage

Native Sod Acreage

Added Land – General Information


If you plan to break out pasture/grassland and farm it for the first time, you must notify your agent. Your agent will then have to secure a special agreement from RMA to insure this ground. You must provide us with the following:

      1. Farm Serial Number
      2. Tract Number
      3. Section-Township-Range
      4. Any Additional Supporting Information
        1. Production records, in some instances

Your agent will send the request-to-insure to RMA for approval.

Please Note: Only with a special agreement from RMA does it become insurable.

There are four types of added land and they are defined as follows:

1. New farm ground, but previously farmed by someone else

  • Does not require a written agreement
  • Will need to sign a form additional to an acreage report provided by your agent.
If the acreage being added as a new BU or separate OU(s) is…
The APH database will be established using…
Less than 2,000 acres
The higher of the following:
(1) Applicable variable T-yield; or
(2) SA T-Yield
Greater than or equal to 2,000 acres
Applicable variable T-Yield

Note: Added land and now crop/practice/type requests are no longer required to be submitted to RMA for approval.

2. Land coming out of CRP

  • Does not require a special written agreement
  • 100% of T-Yield for the first year planted

3. New Breaking Ground – Pasture/Grass

  • Requires a written agreement by March 15, 2018, or it is uninsurable
  • 80% of T-Yield

4. Native Sod

  • Acreage that has never been tilled.
  • Cannot confirm that ground has ever been tilled for the production of an annual crop.
  • If the acreage meets the above requirements and was tilled or planted after February 7, 2014 it is considered native sod. If the acreage was tilled prior to February 7, it is not subject to reduction of benefits
  • For the first four crop years of planting these acres will be subject to reduction of benefits – 65% of T-Yield and 50% points less in premium subsidy.

Contact us for further information or clarification.

Again, it’s important to notify your agent if you have added land or new breaking ground this year.