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News: 2011 Press Release

For Release: December 5, 2011
Media Calls Only: 916-492-3566
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Reminds California Farmers to Review Their Crop Freeze Insurance in the Wake of Recently Issued Warnings
2007 crop freeze dealt severe blow to California's Agriculture

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today advised all California farmers to take note of the freeze and red flag wind warnings issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) this morning. 

Commissioner Jones also urged farmers to review their crop freeze insurance coverage and to be vigilant while preparing for a freeze related loss. "Freeze related crop damage is a significant threat to California's multi-billion dollar agriculture industry," said Commissioner Jones. "The recent high winds can also expedite a crop freeze when combined with lower temperatures."

The 2007 crop freeze was the most recent in California history inflicting losses to an industry that is a major provider of the food supply both in the state and to the nation.

In Southern California, a freeze warning was issued until 9 a.m. for the interior of Ventura County valleys. A frost advisory was also issued for Inland Empire and San Diego County valleys. Parts of San Luis Obispo County, Ventura County, the Santa Barbara coast and Santa Inez Valley remain under freeze watch until Tuesday morning. A series of new high winds are also expected to impact some of these areas.

Meanwhile, the NWS also advised a similar warning for the Greater Sacramento Area starting tonight at 12:00 a.m., until 9 a.m. Tuesday morning � temperatures during this time period are expected to drop significantly. According to the NWS advisory, "A cold dry air mass over the interior combined with clear skies and light winds tonight will allow temperatures to rapidly cool tonight to below freezing for most locations."

"California's farming industry has a long and painful history of being severely impacted by freezing temperatures, and it is of the utmost importance that farmers take every precaution necessary and available to defend against this unfortunate reality," added Commissioner Jones. "As we enter the coldest part of the year, I urge farmers to review and, if needed, update their crop insurance policies to ensure they are financially protected should damage occur."   

Commissioner Jones urges consumers to contact the Department of Insurance if they have questions or concerns at 800-927-HELP (4357) or go to the web site at www.insurance.ca.gov.

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