The U.S. Department of Agriculture filed an interim rule this week allowing the department to move forward with changes to crop insurance provisions. The provisions provide better options for beginning farmers, allow producers to have enterprise units for irrigated and non-irrigated crops, give farmers and ranchers the ability to purchase different levels of coverage for a variety of irrigation practices, provide guidance on conservation compliance, implement protections for native sod and provide adjustments to historical yields following significant disasters. Written comments on the rule must be submitted by Sept. 2. View the interim rule or submit comments.