Purchase Crop Hail Insurance by August 15 Deadline


HELENA, Mont. – Montana farmers and ranchers can purchase State Hail Insurance until August 15. With crops in Montana at least two weeks behind normal maturity, the deadline takes on added significance this year, according to the Montana Department of Agriculture.


Storms that contain hail continue to cycle through Montana. Good soil moisture also shows promise for boosting yields and crop value in many parts of Montana, says Lee Boyer, chief of the department's Rural Development Bureau.


Montana is the only state to offer a state-administered hail insurance, which is designed to cover basic crop inputs and, for many farmers, supplements crop insurance offered by private companies. The state law that created Montana's program sets an August 15 cutoff date for purchasing the insurance.


Dryland producers can insure crops for up to $50 an acre and irrigated crops can be insured for up to $76 an acre under limits authorized by the 2007 Legislature.


For more information, contact Bill Herbolich at the department at (406) 444-2402 or by email at




Cid Sivils
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-3640


Fax: (406) 444-9442


Published: July 21, 2011 4:27:00 PM MDT.
Last Modified: September 15, 2011 11:42:10 AM MDT