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Crop Insurance

Hemp can now be sold legally across the country. For the 2020 crop year, the only way to insure hemp is through a unique federally-subsidized Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) policy. This policy protects the value of the whole farm's revenue rather than any specific product a farmer grows. For 2020, industrial hemp in seed, flower, or fiber form can be one of the products insured by a WFRP policy. Jeff Schahczenski, Agricultural and Natural Resource Economist, with NCAT gives an introduction on this whole-farm approach to insuring hemp in 2020....

How do organic farmers feel about crop insurance? Do they need it? Do they want it? And are they happy with the choices available to them? Dr. Eric Belasco will present results from a large national survey of over 1,000 sustainable and organic growers. Dr. Belasco is Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics & Economics at Montana State University. This webinar is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2014-51300-22224....

Jeff Schahczenski, Agricultural and Natural Resource Economist with NCAT/ATTRA will present a one hour webinar on history, opportunities and challenges with using federal crop insurance policies to protect yield and price risks associated with transitioning and certified organic agriculture. Part of this webinar will be based on recent results from a five year national Organic Agriculture Research and Education Initiative project....

In this episode, NCAT's Rich Myers has a conversation about Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Insurance with Jeff Schahczenki, an agricultural and natural resource economist with NCAT's ATTRA – the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. Jeff has more than 30 years of experience working on issues related to sustainable and organic agriculture, with a recent interest in risk management and federal policy. He wrote and help developed a national Organic Research and Education Initiative project entitled, Is Organic Farming Risky? Overcoming and Understanding Crop Insurance Barriers to Expanding Organic Food Production and Markets. He previously worked on a four-year national research project to develop...

In this episode, NCAT sustainable agriculture specialist Kevin Ellis sits in the cab of a farm truck with Mike Marchand of Whitehurst Heritage Farms to talk about farming livestock in Texas and having to prepare for and deal with the damage caused by hurricane Harvey in the fall of 2017.