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Six things you need to know about farm insurance

Farming is a lifestyle that can offer excellent rewards and fulfillment, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges and risks. If you’re a farmer or venturing into the agriculture business, there are many factors to consider. You can protect yourself and your farm by taking steps to mitigate potential risks and by securing the right farm insurance. Here, we explain some important things you need to know about getting the right farm insurance policy.

Types of farm insurance coverage

There are several different types of farms so there are many types of insurance coverages available to protect them. Here are a few examples:

Livestock insurance: Livestock insurance protects the value of your livestock and there are specific types of coverage available for: horses, cattle, pigs, sheep and poultry. Coverage options can be purchased in the event of natural occurrences (hail, fire, windstorm), plus other perils that may result from transportation, accidental shooting, electrocution and more.

Machinery, equipment and tools: Machinery is often a huge investment and it’s important to protect it. Machinery such as, tractors, sprayers, mowers, conveyor belts and other, farm vehicles, can be insured individually or all together, and coverage available can help protect it from fire, lightning and explosion plus you may get additional specialized coverage – including equipment breakdown.

Feed, grain, fertilizer, produce: You rely on feed, grain and fertilizer to keep your farm running smoothly so you need coverage to protect it from any loss or damage.

Barns, buildings and structures: Having the right coverage in place for your barns and other buildings is important as they are often the hub of your operations. There are many options available and coverage will be based on the size, purpose, age and more.

Farm Liability: This is covered in more detail but is a key coverage for any farm policy to protect you and your family in the event of legal claims. Your liability coverage can be customized based on your operation.

Pollution clean-up expense: Coverage can be added to your policy to help pay for expenses resulting from the clean-up of pollutants from land or water on the premises.

Farmer’s market liability insurance: If you are selling your farmed goods at a farmer’s market, protect yourself by adding proper business coverage required to sell your goods, including liability, transportation, and more.

Farm insurance can be customized

Just like home and car insurance, farm insurance can be optimized to cover exactly what you need and customized based on the size and scope of your operations.

General liability insurance for farmers

General liability insurance for your farm can help protect you by paying for damages incurred if visitors are harmed on your property or their property is damaged because of your farm operations.

For example:

  • If someone gets hurt on your farm and sues for medical expenses.
  • If someone’s property was damaged as a result of your livestock or equipment.
  • If you need to pay legal fees in a lawsuit brought on by some form of negligence on your farm.
  • Having the right general liability insurancein place can help ease your mind.

Why Employer’s Liability matters when insuring your farm

Farms can be hazardous places to work. If one of your employees gets injured or becomes ill due to the nature of their work on the farm, employer’s liability insurance may help with any associated costs that are not covered by a Worker’s Compensation policy.

Loss of farm income

If you experience a covered, physical loss that prevents you from operating (an insured barn burns down), loss of farm income coverage will help mitigate your loss of revenue by allowing you to pay your farm-related bills and continue business operations until the damage is repaired.

DPM can help you find the right farm insurance

DPM Insurance Group works with several industry-leading insurance companies in Canada specializing in farm coverage and can help ensure you have the farm insurance coverage you need. We can help you find Farm Insurance solutions specifically designed for owners of farms or agricultural businesses that involve:

  • Livestock
  • Produce
  • Cash crops
  • Dairy
  • Wineries
  • Orchards
  • And more!

Coverage is available for dwellings, outbuildings, machinery, business interruption, liability, limited pollution, equipment breakdown and much more.

Common farm liability coverages:

  • Third party bodily injuries.
  • Third party property damages on your farm.
  • Farm animals that escape and cause damage or injury.
  • Public access to farm animals.
  • Slow-moving farm machinery on the road.
  • Boarding of somebody else’s farm animals.
  • Other non-farm related operations, such as storage of other goods.
  • Farm insurance coverage extensions
  • Renting a farm or a portion of your farm.
  • Custom farming or farming services.
  • Roadside market stands.
  • Using your animals in non-farming activities, such as at fairs or exhibitions.
  • Liability coverage during public access to your farm. This may include tours or educational experiences.
  • Bills covered by loss of income coverage
  • Loans – equipment, supplies, vehicles.
  • Property taxes.
  • Gas and propane.
  • Wages and salaries for farm workers.

Contact one of the brokers or CSRs at DPM Insurance Group to learn more about farm insurance. It pays to know the basics of farm insurance. Let DPM Insurance Group help you customize a farm insurance policy that’s perfect for your farm. Contact us to talk about the coverage you need.


Source: BrokerLink Communications


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