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The last day to purchase a State policy for 2020 was August 15.

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Montana Departent of Agriculture Hail Insurance Program logo.

To purchase policies:

  • Your county Department of Revenue office is no longer the contact for state hail insurance policies.
  • Mail, email or fax the PDF Hail Insurance Application Form to the Montana Department of Agriculture, Hail Insurance program at the address indicated on the form; OR
  • Call the office until August 15th.
  • Be sure and fill out your field information including section number, township and range.
  • Follow the detailed instructions to complete the form. If you are unsure of your legal descriptions, you can utilize the maps available online at Montana Cadastral.
  • If you have questions or prefer to talk to someone about your policy you may phone your information in to the State Hail Program office using the toll free number at 1-844-515-1571.

Important Deadlines


  • Last date to purchase State policies is August 15th.
  • Coverage begins at 12:01 am on the day following the postmark, fax date or call in day as it is received by the Department of Agriculture.
  • Report losses to the State Hail Insurance Program using the Hail Insurance Loss Claim PDF Form, or call (406) 444-5429 or toll free at 844-515-1571, or mail or e-mail the form within two weeks of hail damage occurrence.
  • Last date to submit a loss is October 1st.

Crop Coverage

Hail insurance is available on crops for the full growing season with a maximum coverage as set by state law of $75 per acre on non-irrigated crops and $114 per acre on irrigated crops. Policies will be effective at 12:01 a.m. the day following the date of application. Click here to view 2020 Hail Insurance Rates, or click here to view/download the rates in PDF format.

Crops may be insured at any time until August 15, inclusive. Coverage ends when crops are headed, mowed or harvested or when crops are destroyed by means other than hail. All liability on crops insured will expire October 1 at 11:59 pm.

Crops Covered

       
Alfalfa Seed Corn Potatoes Sugarbeets
Barley Durum Wheat Rape Seed (Canola) Sunflower
Beans Flax Rye Sweet Clover
Black Medic Hay Safflower Triticale
Buckwheat Lentils Sainfoin Wheat Grass
Camelina Millet Sorghum Winter Whet
Canary Seed Mustard Speltz  
Canola Oats Spring Wheat  
Chickpeas Peas Soybeans  

Payment Options

Your state hail insurance policy can be paid for using an e-check, debit/credit card, cash or check. Fees will apply for e-check and card transactions. Your official policy will be mailed to you for your review and signature. You must sign the policy and return it to our office with any corrections along with payment if you choose cash payment. We will enclose an addressed, postage paid envelope for your use.

Refer to Payment Options below for all the ways to pay for your insurance, or click here to view/download the Hail Insurance Payment Options Sheet . All charge policies are due and payable November 30, 2020.

As per the growers’ requests and legislative action (HB189) in 2013, you now have the opportunity to insure your crops at a higher level. The dry land rate has increased to $75 per acre and irrigated to $114 per acre.

Electronic Payment: Qualify for the 4% cash discount.

Payment Type Fees
E-check – You will be able to complete payment when you purchase your policy if you choose to call the State Hail Insurance office at 406-444-5429. Just give your information to the customer service person in our office.
 $2.00 per transaction regardless of purchase amount.
Credit /Debit Card
(Mastercard/Visa/Discover/Amex)
- You will be able to complete payment when you purchase your policy if you choose to call the State Hail Insurance office at 406-444-5429. Just give your information to the customer service person in our office.


 Purchase amount x 0.0215 + $1.25
Cash or Check Payment: Qualify for the 4% cash discount.

Payment within two weeks of your policy effective date will receive a 4% discount. Be sure to return the signed policy and payment (check) within seven days to receive the discount. Keep in mind that if payment is not received within the two weeks, a crop lien on the insured crops sufficient to cover the fees for the insurance, plus interest will be filed.

Charge: Due in full on November 30, 2020 no discount.

You are only entitled to choose this option if you own the land that the crop is growing on. If the full payment is not received by 
November 30, 2020 interest will accrue and a lien may be filed on your property.

Charge: Crop lien on your crop no discount.

If you do not own land and wish to charge your policy, you must choose lien from the payment types and a lien will be filed on your current crop. Upon delivery of your grain the elevator will include the Montana Department of Agriculture on your check. You must contact the department to have the lien released.


Hail Insurance News

Public Meeting Notice: Montana State Hail Board

Hail Board will meet virtually on Tuesday, December 1st at 10:00 AM

Public Meeting Notice: Montana State Hail Board

The Montana State Hail Board will meet virtually at 10:00 am on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 to review the 2020 hail year.

Please contact Dani Jones to receive information to join the virtual meeting by phone at (406) 444-2402 or by email at danielle.jones@mt.gov.

Click here to learn more about the Montana Hail Insurance Program.

USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus

Expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Begins Sept. 21

USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is implementing the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP) for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for CFAP 2 will begin September 21 and run through December 11, 2020.

Producers can apply for assistance through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). Customers seeking one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. This is a recommended first step before a producer engages with the team at the FSA county office.

A complete list of eligible commodities, payment rates and calculations can be found on farmers.gov/cfap.

 

USDA Designates Powder River County as Primary Disaster Area Due to Recent Drought - Big Horn, Carter, Custer & Rosebud Counties Named Contiguous Disaster Areas

Farmers in eligible counties have 8 months to apply for emergency loans

USDA Designates Powder River County as Primary Disaster Area Due to Recent Drought - Big Horn, Carter, Custer & Rosebud Counties Named Contiguous Disaster Areas

On September 4, 2020, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue named the following counties as Disaster Designation Areas in Montana:

  • Powder River (primary)
  • Big Horn, Carter, Custer, Rosebud (contiguous)

Affected producers should work with their local FSA offices to apply for emergency loans and other assistance programs. Click here to visit the Montana FSA website to learn more.

Documents to download

Montana State Hail Insurance Program
Phone:: (406) 444-5429
or 1-844-515-1571
E-mail:: agrhail@mt.gov
Fax:: (406) 444-9442
P.O. Box 200201
Helena, MT 59620-0202


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