Every year, natural events, from drought and wildfires to hurricanes and hail, impact the businesses of farmers and ranchers across the country. Currently, the Four Corners region of the U.S. is experiencing exceptional drought (the worst category!) and most
Case Study: Topp Fruits, Paonia, Colorado The western slope of Colorado is known for its peaches, so when Harrison Topp returned to the Rockies after years of farming vegetables in North Carolina, it’s no surprise that he was happy to
Ferd Hoefner, the senior strategic advisor to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, schools us on how crop insurance and commodity programs work and why they’re causing problems. This podcast is critical listening for anyone looking to understand the farm bill.
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
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
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
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