The Risk Management Agency (RMA) is offering a new insurance plan to protect profit margins for rice production in 2016. Margin Protection combines crop price protection with protection directed at increased input prices that occur during the production season.
With crop prices and input prices currently at low levels in the range of expectations, Margin Protection potentially offers protection in the event of input prices increasing between February and September. With limited analysis available for this new product, long-term efficacy of Margin Protection is uncertain.
February 28 is the sales closing date for Margin Protection and other crop insurance products covering Arkansas spring planted crops.
Margin Protection information is available here.