Crop Insurance

Is Organic Farming Risky?

Is Organic Farming Risky? Improving Crop Insurance for Organic Farms

Published in October 2019, this report presents findings from the NCAT project Is Organic Farming Risky?, a research and education project aimed at understanding and improving crop insurance for organic farms. This work was supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2014-51300-22224.
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Citrus damaged in a freeze event.

Citrus damaged in a freeze event.

The federal crop insurance program has traditionally been used mainly by farms growing corn, wheat, soybeans, rice, cotton, and a few other commodity crops. Within the past few years, though, new crop insurance options like Whole-Farm Revenue Protection have become available, greatly improving the opportunities for those who are diversified, grow fruits and vegetables, or farm with organic methods. Even if you’ve never considered crop insurance, and don’t know the first thing about it, the resources on this page will help you decide if these new products may be right for your situation.

⇒ Publications and Videos

  Do Organic Farmers Want Crop Insurance?
  Organic Farming and Crop Insurance Options
  Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (Mien Narration)


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Crop Insurance Options for Specialty, Diversified, and Organic Farmers - IP438

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Documentation and Recordkeeping for Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) - IP571

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Managing the Sustainable Farm's Risks with Insurance: Navigating Common Options

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Primer on Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Crop Insurance: Updates for 2018 - IP554

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⇒ Other Resources



USDA Risk Management Agency
Serving America's agricultural producers through effective, market-based risk management tools to strengthen the economic stability of agricultural producers and rural communities.

An Introduction to Crop Insurance for Organic and Transitioning Producers by the Organic Farming Research Foundation
This guidebook is designed to help you understand how crop insurance works and how to determine which crop insurance options are right for you. In this guidebook, there is information on insurance and coverage, record- keeping, working with crop insurance agents, and processing claims.

Whole Farm Revenue Protection premium calculator
This tool helps estimate what your premium would be if you purchased a WFRP policy.

Locate an Agent
The RMA Agent Locator page provides information about insurance agents. All data is provided by approved insurance providers operating under a reinsurance agreement with RMA.

Whole Farm Revenue Protection Pilot Handbook
This handbook outlines the specific details of Whole Farm Revenue Protection for 2019.

USDA Report Shows Organic Crop Insurance Losses Roughly Track Conventional
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s blog compares loss ratios of conventional and organic farmers.



⇒ ATTRA's Risk Management Publications



An Illustrated Guide to Growing Safe Produce on Your Farm - IP382

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Beyond Basic Compensation - IP360

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Building Strong, Legally Enforceable Sales Agreements for Production Services

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Building Strong, Legally Enforceable Sales Agreements with Availability Sheets and Invoices

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California Guide to Labor Laws for Small Farms - IP467

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Case Studies and Fact Sheets for Labor Laws on California Small Farms - IP469

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Conservation Easements - IP239

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Documentation and Recordkeeping for Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) - IP571

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Drafting a Lease: Questions for Farmers and Landowners to Ask

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Farm Employment Law: Know the Basics & Make Them Work for Your Farm

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Financing a Farmland Purchase: Legal Basics for Traditional & Non-Traditional Farmland Purchases

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Guía Ilustrada para Producir Alimentos Seguros en su Gránja: Buenas Practicas - SP382

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Positive Practices in Farm Labor Management - IP324

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Primer on Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Crop Insurance: Updates for 2018 - IP554

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Sample Employee Manual for a Farm

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Scaling Up Your Vegetable Farm for Regional Markets - IP464

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Tips for Farm Leases and Contracts: Creating Smart, Effective Documents - IP449

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