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Farm Insurance - Insurance Policies for Farm Owners Washington DC

Farms are a business. As such, it is smart to ensure them. However, because of the nature of farming (and the unpredictable nature of the business), insurance can be expensive. But in the risky world of farming, a bad year can be all that stands between the farmer and bankruptcy. Therefore, getting insurance for your farm can be critical.

District of Columbia Insurance Federation
(202) 797-0757
P.O. Box 34757
Washington, DC
 
Answer Title & Escrow LLC
(202) 204-0600
10 G St., NE
Washington, DC
 
Alliance Insurance Services Inc
(202) 638-1010
1660 L St., NW #308
Washington, DC
 
Guardian Property & Casualty Company, Inc
(202) 204-8700
202-204-8700
Washington, DC
 
Steffen Insurance Agency Inc., State Farm Insurance
(703) 243-6565
2762 Washington Blvd Suite 1A
Arlington, VA
 
The McLaughlin Company
(202) 293-5566
1725 DeSales St., NW
Washington, DC
 
Davis Planning Associates, Inc
(202) 429-9393
1625 K St., NW
Washington, DC
 
Chubb & Son, Inc.
(202) 822-3200
1920 L Street, NW Suite 700
Washington, DC
 
Marsh USA Inc.
(202) 263-7600
1255-23rd Street, NW
Washington, DC
 
Michele Conley, State Farm Insurance
(202) 966-6677
4701 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC
 

Farm Insurance - Insurance Policies for Farm Owners

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Farm Insurance


Farms are a business. As such, it is smart to ensure them. However, because of the nature of farming (and the unpredictable nature of the business), insurance can be expensive. But in the risky world of farming, a bad year can be all that stands between the farmer and bankruptcy. Therefore, getting insurance for your farm can be critical.

Agricultural insurance generally covers three main circumstances:

  • Crop insurance for damaged or lost crops.
  • Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance, which provides liability coverage if a hired hand is hurt, and potential coverage for physical property. It does not usually include livestock.
  • Livestock insurance.
  • Specialized insurance coverage for certain types of farming with unique perils and challenges

Your state government is a good source of information, if you are looking for agricultural insurance. Many states actually have specialized insurance companies within state government (or sponsored through the state) that cover the unique perils for that region. For instance, farmers in California might not buy coverage for hail, because it is less common there. However, in the American Midwest, if you don't buy hail coverage for your crops, you are asking for disaster.

Further, because many regions do have unique concerns within the farming community, there are often insurance cooperatives operating in a specific region. Because these cooperatives can often offer lower prices for the same insurance, it is well worth the research. Your local farming associations will often be able to point you in the right direction.

What will it cost?


In the U.S., Congress subsidizes the cost of buying crop insurance and several states provide state-funded premium subsidies. Rates will ultimately depend on your needs, risk tolerance, insurance plans, production, and location. Remember that anything which will raise risk to the insurance company will end up costing you more. You may have to make some hard decisions between your risk tolerance, and the amount of money that you could afford to lose without jeopardizing your farming business.

Benefit's of Farm Insurance


If you are a farmer, your farm is your livelihood. It is also your business. Insuring it makes good business sense.

You have some good reasons to consider it, aside from the longevity of your farming business:

  • Government subsidies are often offered to farmers to offset a portion of the premium.
  • Increased coverage levels are offered for several crops.
  • Protection for input costs and harvest values.

Keep in mind that crop insurance may serve as collateral for operating loans. Most banks and financial institutions will want to ensure that you have some kind of insurance coverage, to protect your ability to re-pay loans.

Crop Insurance


Crop insurance does what you'd expect - it insures your crop. The trick with crop insurance is to decide what level of coverage you want. Specific levels ...

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