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 receiving some needed moisture, now is the time to evaluate your crop insurance needs.


Storms that contain hail continue to cycle through Montana. Better moisture conditions show 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


Published: June 11, 2012 3:30:00 PM MDT.
Last Modified: June 11, 2012 4:17:12 PM MDT