No! False information regarding the “exclusivity of arbitration” has been running rampant in the agricultural community when a producer’s crop insurance claim is wrongly rejected. In fact, the “arbitration is the only remedy” mantra is simply wrong.
Arbitration Regarding Crop Insurance
Now there are times when arbitration is the best way to have a producer’s claim heard. However, there are also times when administrative hearings before the federal Risk Management Agency (RMA) or the USDA’s National Appeals Division are better forums. There are also cases when a lawsuit has to be filed in federal or state court. Sometimes, a combination of these forums may be the way to proceed.