Announcement – RMA Listening Sessions for Apples (Spring 2023)

Passing on this invitation to participate in a listening session with the USDA on crop insurance for apple producers. -TB

From: Keene, Tracey – FPAC-RMA, Kansas City, MO
Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2022 11:40 AM
Subject: Announcement – RMA Listening Sessions for Apples (Spring 2023)

Hello –

On December 16, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced publication of a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the Apple Crop Provisions. The Proposed Rule was open for public comment through April 15, 2022. The proposed changes were based on stakeholder feedback and recommended changes from a contracted study on the apple crop insurance program. The Risk Management Agency (RMA) received nearly 1,200 comments in response to the Apple Proposed Rule.

RMA contacted you earlier this year to garner the interest of stakeholders in your area for additional engagement sessions as well as appropriate timing for these sessions. Based on the feedback we received, RMA is moving forward with additional engagement sessions to discuss comments and questions received during the comment period of the Proposed Rule. We are cognizant that the Proposed Rule impacts a wide range of stakeholders nationwide and want to ensure our engagement plan is as inclusive as possible.

The in-person sessions are scheduled for March 2023 and the virtual session, an offering for stakeholders who could not attend in-person due to schedule and/or location, is scheduled for April 2023. Attached is the announcement for the 2023 Apple Listening Sessions. Because these engagement sessions are in response to comments received on the Proposed Rule for Apples, we want to ensure that this announcement is circulated as widely as possible. We request that you please distribute this announcement to the appropriate stakeholders in your region.


Tracey Keene

USDA | RMA | PASD | Loss Adjustment Standards Branch

Phone: (816) 926-6339

Email: tracey.keene

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Announcement – RMA Apple Listening Sessions (2023).pdf