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February 22, 2024
Joy Bulosan

Farm Property Valuation: Ensuring Adequate Coverage

Farming can be demanding and unpredictable, with the success of crops and livestock often dependent on many factors beyond a farmer‘s control. In the face of these uncertainties, having comprehensive insurance coverage for farm property is essential. However, simply having insurance is not enough; ensuring that the valuation of your farm property is accurate is equally crucial.

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Why Is It Important to Valuate Farm Property Accurately?

Accurately assessing farm property is a critical cornerstone of adequate insurance coverage. No two farms are identical; property requiring insurance may include fields, crops, livestock, equipment, structures and more. So even small, inaccurate valuations of these assets can have significant negative consequences for farms and their financial stability.

Avoiding being underinsured is a crucial reason why an accurate appraisal of farm property is necessary. If the value of your property is underestimated, the insurance payout may not be sufficient to cover the costs of rebuilding or replacing lost assets. This oversight can have severe consequences, jeopardizing the farm‘s viability, the financial security of the farmer, and the future of their livelihood.

Furthermore, accurate valuation ensures that insurance premiums are based on the property’s actual value. Over time, undervaluing assets may result in consistently lower premiums, but the potential financial risk far outweighs any short-term savings. Conversely, overvaluing property may lead to unnecessarily high premiums, impacting the farm‘s overall budget. A precise valuation strikes the right balance, providing adequate coverage without overspending on premiums.

How Do You Know If You Are Valuating Your Farm Property Adequately?

When appraising your farm’s property and ensuring you have appropriate coverage, the following steps may be valuable:

  1. Establish inventory and documentation—Begin by creating a comprehensive inventory of all farm assets, including structures, equipment, livestock and crops. Document your property’s current condition, age and upgrades or modifications.
  1. Maintain regular updates—Farm operations evolve and may include new equipment, expansions or changes in crop cultivation. Regularly update your inventory to reflect these changes, ensuring that your insurance coverage remains aligned with the current value of your assets.
  1. Engage with professionals—Consider enlisting the assistance of professionals, such as appraisers or agricultural extension agents, to assess particularly valuable assets, such as specialized machinery or rare livestock breeds.
  1. Review coverage regularly—Farming conditions and market values often fluctuate, making it essential to review your insurance coverage annually. Adjust policies as needed to reflect changes in property values and ensure continued adequacy of coverage.

We’re Here to Help

The dedicated team at Smaistrla Insurance Agency has over 40 years of experience serving the coverage needs of farms, families and businesses. We will work with you to help you explore available options and secure appropriate policies.


This blog is intended for informational and educational use only. It is not exhaustive and should not be construed as legal advice. Please contact your insurance professional for further information. 

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