Crop Insurance to be More Cost-Effective for Diversified and Specialty Crop Producers


New Whole-Farm Revenue Policy Available for 2015

Yesterday, USDA announced the availability of a new whole-farm revenue policy, known as Whole-farm Revenue Protection (WFRP). WFRP will replace Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) and Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite (AGR-Lite) starting in the 2015 crop insurance year.

The new policy was required by the 2014 Farm Bill and developed by the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA). WFRP will enable producers to insure their crops, livestock, and nursery and greenhouse crops for a revenue loss with a single policy rather than using individual crop policies.

For many specialty crop and diversified producers, individual policies and price elections were not available. This put producers at a risk management disadvantage but also made it more difficult for them to access the credit needed to start and grow their agricultural operation.

WFRP at a Glance:

• Coverage levels up to 85% with an $8.5 million liability limit
• 80% of the premium will be subsidized for coverage between 50% and 70%
• Provides coverage for all unavoidable natural causes (pest, weather, price loss, etc)
• Premium discounts for additional diversification up to 7 crops
• Allows post-production expenses that do not add value to the crop to be covered
• Geographic expansion of whole-farm insurance availability

 

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About James Robinson

James manages RAFI’s risk management and fracking policy research. James’ risk management research was presented at the Agriculture and Applied Economics Crop Insurance & Farm Bill Symposium in both 2013 and 2014. James currently serves as co-chair of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's Farming Opportunities and Fair Competition Committee. Prior to working at RAFI, James was a Graduate Intern for the Florida Senate Committee on Agriculture and a Research Assistant for the Fiscal Research Division of the North Carolina General Assembly. James holds a BA in Political Science from LaGrange College and a MS in Political Science from Florida State University.