Making organic crop insurance more relevant

RMAU.S. Department of Agricultures (USDA’s) Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently released a report outlining its progress in making crop insurance more relevant and attractive for organic producers since the 2008 Farm bill required it to develop price elections for organic crops. Currently there are organic price elections for 16 crops, but these are not available in all regions and do not fully meet the needs of the extremely diverse organic sector. As discussed at OTA’s Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) Summit in May, there is still a lot of work to be done in order to realize these goals, and FAC identified this issue as a top priority. FAC will assemble a subcommittee on crop insurance to invite stakeholder input into OTA’s communications with RMA and to develop solutions for organic producers in search of crop insurance.  Contact Nathaniel Lewis if you would like to participate in this effort.

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