On November 27, 2019, the Risk Management Agency (RMA) issued Product Management Bulletin: PM-19-069. In that bulletin, RMA announced that it was revising the Commodity Exchange Price Provisions (CEPP) for Rice for the 2020 and succeeding crop years. RMA states that the CEPP specifies how and when projected and harvested price components are determined. RMA states the CEPP has two parts. Section I provides general information that is applicable to all crops and Section II contains crop specific projected and harvest price definitions and specifications, including the commodity exchanges, contracts and delivery period.
ANALYSIS – It is great that RMA is keeping the public informed when contract information changes but reading this bulletin it is unclear what change has been made to the CEPP for rice. An comparison of the CEPP from 2018 and 2020 reveals that for long grain types, RMA removed the table for rice with a March 15 dales closing date and moved Illinois and Missouri to the February 28 sales closing date. Presumably these states no longer have a March 15 sales closing date. There does not appear to be any changes to the CEPP for medium and short grain types or organic (certified practice).
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