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USDA Announces Crop Insurance for Organic Farms

The USDA announced the launch of a new pilot program for providing insurance against crop loss on diversified organic farms. The new program, called Whole-Farm Revenue Protection, will provide flexible coverage options for speciality crop, organic and diversified crop producers.

  From www.usda.gov:

2014 Farm Bill Expands Crop Insurance Options, Provides Premium Discounts for Qualified Operations

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new risk management option that will be available for fruit and vegetable growers and producers with diversified farms. The policy, called Whole-Farm Revenue Protection, will provide flexible coverage options for specialty crop, organic and diversified crop producers. The program will be implemented in counties across the country and will expand in availability over the next several years.

Whole-Farm insurance allows farmers to insure all crops on their farm at once, rather than insuring commodity by commodity. Traditionally, many fruit and vegetable crops have not had crop insurance programs designed for them—making it less attractive for a farmer that primarily planted a commodity crop like wheat or corn to use another part of his or her land for growing fruits and vegetables or other specialty crops. This allows farmers greater flexibility to make planting decisions on their land.

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