Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211


Agricultural News

Prescribed Burn Insurance Available for Landowners

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:15:51 CST

Prescribed Burn Insurance Available for Landowners
Prescribed fire is one of the most powerful and important land management practices available to agricultural producers and land stewards.

Prescribed fire helps rejuvenate native plant communities that positively impact wildlife habitat and livestock forages. However, liability is always a concern for landowners using or considering the use of prescribed fire. Liability is one of the main reasons prescribed fire is not commonly used in land management.

Knowing that prescribed fire is as important to most agricultural operations as grazing, rain and sunshine, the Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association (OPBA), in conjunction with The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and The Bramlett Agency have come together to provide a solution for landowners.

For the first time, Oklahoma landowners can purchase prescribed burn insurance to protect themselves or lessees implementing prescribed fire against claims for any damage on someone else's property. "The development of the prescribed fire insurance was need-driven for landowners and producers to be able to manage their land properly," said Russell Stevens, Noble Foundation wildlife and range consultant and executive director of the OPBA. "We are working toward making this insurance available to other states as well."

In order for the insurance policy to be issued and take effect, landowners in Oklahoma must:

-- Follow all federal, state and local statutes and ordinances.

-- Adhere to the requirements in "Notification Requirements and Considerations for Safe and Lawful Prescribed Burning in Oklahoma: Guidelines, State Law and the Burning Notification Plan," available through the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Forestry Services.

A written prescribed burn plan is also required, and a template can be obtained from the Noble Foundation or OPBA by clicking here. The insurance will only cover the burn detailed in the plan, and each burn crew member must be listed in the burn plan to be covered.

"These procedures may sound daunting to some at first," Stevens said. "However, they do not require an excessive amount of time and are necessary to the successful and safe application of prescribed fire. This is a simple step to add to the process."

For more information about prescribed fire and developing a burn plan, contact the Noble Foundation at 580.223.5810 or by clicking here. For more information about the insurance, contact Leslie Kutz with The Bramlett Agency at 580.223.7300 or lkutz@bramlettagency.com.



WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI


Top Agricultural News

  • Oklahoma Youth Expo Sale of Champions Sale Order Available Here- Sale Set for 4 PM Friday  Fri, 17 Mar 2023 04:50:54 CDT
  • Rural Voters Dominated Vote to Defeat Recreational Marijuana March 7th  Fri, 10 Mar 2023 07:13:05 CST
  • Ron Hays Talks to Israeli Ag Tour Guide Colin Lotzof About the Miraclel of Ag in Israel  Wed, 22 Feb 2023 22:11:04 CST
  • OALP Members Experience First Hand View of Cutting Edge Drip Irrigation Technology as Israel Travel Ends  Wed, 22 Feb 2023 10:51:49 CST
  • OALP Members Get First Hand View of Cutting Edge Drip Irrigation Technology as Israel Travel Ends  Wed, 22 Feb 2023 10:50:10 CST
  • Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Sees Fruit, Beef and Dairy Production North of the Sea of Galilee in Israel  Mon, 20 Feb 2023 21:56:02 CST
  • Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Sees Diverse Farm Operations in Jordan River Valley of Israel  Sun, 19 Feb 2023 21:17:30 CST
  • Israeli Tour Guide Mark Kedem Talks About The Cultural Aspects of What Class XX of OALP is Experiencing   Sat, 18 Feb 2023 22:17:23 CST

  • More Headlines...


    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Beef council Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit Ag Mediation Program P&K Equipment Oklahoma City Farm Show Union Mutual Stillwater Milling Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association KIS FUTURES, INC.

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    © 2008-2024 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.