Is Whole Farm Revenue Insurance right for your farm?

Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) is a new national crop insurance program for farmers. Since it is so new, lots of people are unclear about how it works. Traditionally, CSA and market farmers didn’t buy crop insurance because the crops they grew weren’t covered, the paperwork was mountainous, or the coverage amounts were based on wholesale or commodity crop pricing. Crop insurance was also viewed as less crucial to those with diversified farms... Read More

Land Stewardship Program Releases New Report – “Crop Insurance – How a Safety Net Became a Farm Policy Disaster.”

Although we don’t often discuss it, one of the largest ways that the government and US farming community interact are through crop insurance. NYFC focuses on highlighting and reforming the many programs and institutions that play a big role in beginning farmers’ lives, and for most – in particular for first-generation farmers – crop insurance isn’t high on that list. But we can’t ignore crop insurance programs completely,... Read More

USDA Risk Management Agency Awards $13.6 Million in Grants to Promote Crop Insurance Education

On October 28, 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that its Risk Management Agency (RMA) awarded grants to 125 organizations that will engage in crop insurance education and outreach.  The grants totaled 13.6 million dollars and were distributed to organizations in 47 states.  They came from two separate programs: the “Education and Outreach” program and the “Targeted States” program.  Together the programs support many American... Read More

AGR-Lite: Is It the Right Choice for Your Farm?

On Wednesday, September 28, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) hosted a webinar about a new federally-subsidized insurance program called Adjusted Gross Revenue Lite (AGR-Lite).  According to the presentations, AGR-Lite can provide either revenue insurance, which can protect farmers from declines in crop prices or yields, or multi-peril insurance, which can protect against low yields as well as various kinds of damage to farmers’... Read More