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Hail Insurance Deadline Approaching - Purchase Hail Insurance by Aug. 15


With some much needed rain falling across most of Montana, now is the time to evaluate your crop insurance needs. Montana farmers and ranchers can still purchase state hail insurance through August 15 by contacting the toll free number at (844) 515-1571 or visiting the website at to obtain forms.

With last year’s record hail insurance claims, the Hail Board purchased reinsurance to ensure that any and all claims made by Montana producers covered by the state hail insurance program will be paid.

County Department of Revenue offices will no longer be processing new policies; instead they will be providing information to interested parties on how to begin the process. Forms are also available at Montana State University Extension Offices and Conservation District Offices.

At the request of producers and authorized by the State Legislature, the dry land hail insurance rate increased to $75 per acre and $114 per acre for irrigated land. The Hail Board also approved a five percent premium increase. Producers should contact the Montana Department of Agriculture to discuss coverage and rates.

Contact Information - Montana State Hail Insurance Program, PO Box 200201 Helena, MT 59620 Toll Free: (844) 515-1571 Phone: (406) 444-2402 Fax: (406) 444-9422

The Montana State Hail Insurance Program was created in 1917 to provide basic hail insurance coverage on any crop grown in Montana.

The program is directed by a five-member board consisting of the department director, insurance commissioner, and three other members appointed by the Governor.

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. For more information on the department, visit


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