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Nursery Crop Insurance Sales Closing Date Quickly Approaching

For the 2014 crop year, crop insurance programs administered by the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) covered over $1.8 billion in crop liability for North Carolina growers. The state had nearly 20,000 policies in force for 2014, and these policies covered over 3.7 million North Carolina crop acres. Many of North Carolina’s insured producers suffered a loss and received an indemnity in 2014; in fact, the average indemnity per indemnified policy for 2014 was over $23,700.

Some North Carolina nursery growers do not realize that RMA offers a crop insurance program for wholesale nursery operations. During 2014, many North Carolina nursery operations were covered by the program; combined, the liability coverage for these nursery operations totaled over $58.7 million.

So, how will you manage risk in 2015? North Carolina nursery producers are reminded that May 1 is the sales closing date for participation in RMA’s Nursery Crop Insurance Program for 2015.

Producers planning to start (or modify) coverage should contact a crop insurance agent immediately to meet the May 1 sales closing deadline and learn of other key program dates and reporting requirements.

A crop insurance agent directory is available on the RMA website at www.RMA.USDA.gov. The RMA website also offers many other useful tools, including a premium calculator, extensive program descriptions, and a variety of educational materials. A nursery program fact sheet is available at http://www.rma.usda.gov/pubs/rme/nursery.pdf.

Federal crop insurance program policies are sold and serviced by private crop insurance companies. Custom Ag Solutions works with RMA and other partner organizations to educate North Carolina producers about risk management and Federal crop insurance programs. To receive information by mail, call CAS at 877-227-8094. USDA, RMA, and CAS are equal opportunity providers.

NCNLA ALERT: H-2B Visa Program

NCNLA is responding to the federal government's suspension of H-2B visa program operations. Click below for a video update from NCNLA Executive Director Corey Connors on the latest on the H-2B crisis.

https://vimeo.com/122009456

TAKE ACTION: Contact Your Senators and Representative Now - Tell Them You Need the H-2B Program! CLICK HERE

Landscape Contractors License Becomes Law
A new license for NC landscape contractors became law on Aug. 7, 2014.
For more information click here. 
For an application for the new license click here

Restricted Limited Plumbing Contractor License Now Available -
Includes exterior backflow preventers connected to water service piping two inches in diameter or less.


For information on obtaining this license, and the qualification process for licensed NC Irrigation Contractors, please contact the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors (the "Board") at www.nclicensing.org or by calling the Board's officer at 919-875-3612.

Licensed NC Irrigation Contractors who meet the qualifications must submit a completed application to the Board by August 31, 2014.


Sales and Use Tax:  Have you filed for a New agricultural exemption certificate?

The NC General Assembly passed a new law, HB1050, that sets new requirements for farmers to qualify for sales and use tax exemptions.  All agricultural exemption certificate holders are required to act on this notice based on these changes so that you won’t lose your exemption October 1, 2014.

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