MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Dovel Technologies announced today that Ace Info Solutions, LLC (AceInfo) has been awarded a Task Order from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Risk Management Agency (RMA) for Crop Insurance Software Development Delivery Services. The RMA’s mission is to serve America’s agricultural producers through effective, market-based risk management tools and solutions to strengthen the economic stability of agricultural producers and rural communities. In 2019, RMA managed nearly $115 billion worth of insurance liability.

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The USDA Crop Insurance Software Delivery Support Services task order, awarded through the USDA FS DAITSS BPA contract vehicle, has a base year plus three option years and an estimated value of $59M. Under this Task Order, AceInfo will provide a full range of software development services to support the development and delivery of new crop insurance products, sustain and modernize current applications and tools in production, as well as innovate, design, deploy, develop, and maintain new IT systems.

“AceInfo stands ready to collaborate with RMA on solutions that make the delivery of new insurance products and services more efficient for both the agency and the farmers it serves,” said Mike Cosgrave, AceInfo COO. “We look forward to applying innovative development methodologies and delivering modernized solutions to enhance this important program.”

Together, Dovel and AceInfo’s approach to technology solution development is fueled by an innovation-focused culture and entrepreneurial DNA that accelerates agency missions and contributes to improving, protecting, and saving lives. As a result, government customers can optimize operational outcomes, strengthen IT capabilities, and implement best practices for highly complex and critical programs.

“Our team is excited to support USDA FPAC’s efforts to meet the needs of our nation’s agricultural producers,” said Damon Griggs, Dovel CEO. “Our long-standing history with

DES MOINES, Iowa — Crop loss estimates from a rare wind storm that slammed Iowa in August have increased by more than 50%, a new report shows.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday that the number of crop acres that Iowa farmers are unable to harvest has grown to 850,000 (343,983 hectares) from estimates last month that 550,000 acres (222,577 hectares) were lost, The Des Moines Register reported.

The storm, known as a derecho, generated winds of up to 140 mph that flattened crops. The damage then was compounded in late summer with a drought that, at its peak, encompassed much of the state. The drought is again expanding after some September rainfall.

A cornfield damaged in the derecho is seen on the Rod Pierce farm near Woodward, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig said he expects the number of lost acres will climb even more as growers move deeper into the harvest. Usually, farmers will try to harvest downed corn, salvaging what they can. But Naig said he said he has heard that many are asking crop insurance adjusters to take another look at their fields after finding it more difficult than expected.

“Crops can deteriorate,” said Naig, who was helping his father harvest corn in northwest Iowa. “It’s a really dynamic situation.”

Crop loss estimates from a rare wind storm that slammed Iowa in August have increased by more than 50%, a new report shows. (Photo by Daniel Acker/Getty Images)

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In eastern Iowa, Steve Swenka said harvesting his downed corn has “just been miserable.”

“I’ve seen the gamut: Corn down, flat as