Crop Insurance: There has been some confusion this spring over the new 2017 definition of “practical to replant.” However, it does not apply to sugarbeets. The change was made to the FCIC “basic provisions” covering all crops, but the sugarbeet policy has its own “special provisions” that contain a separate definition of “practical to replant” that remains untouched. The following is an explanation of the issue by our crop insurance legal counsel Ken Ackerman.
On April 10, USDA issued its most important supply and demand estimate of the year. Once this estimate is finalized, USDA typically uses this information to make a decision on any additional imports from our foreign suppliers.
This Issue's Topics Include: Roundup Ready Lawsuit ~ Crop Insurance ~ 2010 Elections
Roundup Ready Lawsuit
On January 19, the plaintiffs in the Roundup Ready® lawsuit asked the U.S. District Court (9th Circuit)
for a preliminary injunction to stop the “further planting, cultivation, processing, or other use of Roundup
Ready sugar beets or sugar beet seeds, including the flowering of any sugar beet seed crop, until the environmental impact statement (‘EIS’) has been completed and finally approved as required by the
National Environmental Policy Act (‘NEPA’)”. They have requested a March 5 date for Judge Jeffrey
White to hear their argument.
Luther Markwart, author of Dateline Washington, is executive vice president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association.