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Head of RMA Affirms Support of Crop Agents to PIA

In a letter to PIA National Executive Vice President & CEO Leonard C. Brevik, the administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) affirms the agency’s continuing support of private sector, independent crop insurance agents for the delivery of crop insurance
May 1, 2012

In a letter to PIA National Executive Vice President & CEO Leonard C. Brevik, the administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) affirms the agency’s continuing support of private sector, independent crop insurance agents for the delivery of crop insurance. William J. Murphy, RMA administrator, said “RMA appreciates the independent crop insurance agent’s role in the implementation of the crop insurance program. The Secretary, Under Secretary, and RMA Administrator have all publically stated that they see no need for a change in the delivery system at this time. The private public partnership has been a success.”

PIA National had sent a letter to Murphy asking him to reaffirm RMA’s previous public comments that were favorable to PIA’s position. This, as the delivery of crop insurance remains under attack. The National Association of Farm Service Agency County Office Employees (NASCOE) is urging federal regulators and legislators to remove private-sector insurance agents from the delivery of crop insurance and replace them with FSA employees.

“PIA National and our member agents from across the country highly discourage any move toward replacing the professional insurance agent, in whole or in part,” says PIA in an upcoming op-ed. “Congress has a clear choice: preserve the current success of the crop insurance program, or plot a course back to the proven failures of the past. It is critical that Congress reject this ill-advised attempt to expel private sector crop insurance agents from the critical role they play in delivering crop insurance to America’s farmers.”

Read the letter RMA sent to PIA National on the valued role of crop agents: RMA Letter to PIA National (RMA 4/25/12)

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