Crop insurance Tag

In this video we hear from Derrick Johnson, Risk Management Specialist with the USDA’s Risk Management Agency. Johnson gives a broad overview of crop insurance as a risk management tool, and shares his work supporting new and beginning farmers. This video is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. ATTRA.NCAT.ORG. This video was also made possible in part by funding from the Southern Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC). Please complete a brief survey to let us know what you think of the video....

In this video, we hear from Attorney Andrea Barnes, lead attorney for the heirs’ property campaign for the Mississippi Center for Justice in Jackson, Mississippi. The Mississippi Center for Justice is a non-profit public interest law firm. Barnes discusses the basics of heirs’ property, what it means and how to avoid family farm loss. This video is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. ATTRA.NCAT.ORG. This video was also made possible in part by funding from the Southern Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC). Please complete a...

In this video, Dr. Bill Evans of Up In Farms discusses marketing risk and how to manage for them. Marketing risks include all risks to profit and the farm operation due to activities related to the selling of agricultural products. Dr. Evans focuses on small to medium sized operations. This video is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. ATTRA.NCAT.ORG. This video was also made possible in part by funding from the Southern Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC). Please complete a brief survey to let us...

In this video, NCAT Gulf States Regional Director Rockiell Woods summarizes the different types of risk farmers face. He addresses risk and sources of risk in agriculture; risk management principles; risk identification and prioritization; common strategies for risk treatment; and some important risk management priorities. This video is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. ATTRA.NCAT.ORG. This video was also made possible in part by funding from the Southern Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC). Please complete a brief survey to let us know what you think...

Hear from farmer Deborah Coleman about her farm, Uncle Jerry’s Farm, in Hinds County, Mississippi. She raises small ruminants and produce, and utilizes a number of different risk management practices to ensure success on her farm. This video is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. ATTRA.NCAT.ORG. This video was also made possible in part by funding from the Southern Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC). Please complete a brief survey to let us know what you think of the video....

USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced that it is strengthening the hemp crop insurance policy by adding flexibilities around how producers work with processors, as well as improving consistency with the most recent USDA hemp regulation. Producers are no longer required to deliver hemp without economic value for insurability. Additionally, RMA clarified how the amount of insurable acreage is determined if the processor contract specifies both an acreage and a production amount. This change was made in the policy to ensure producers know how their insurable acreage is determined for those contracts. Additionally, RMA added a new requirement for producers...

Related ATTRA Publication: Crop Insurance Options for Specialty, Diversified, and Organic Farmers USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced updates to crop insurance to respond to the needs of agricultural producers, including organic producers, as well as to support conservation of natural resources on agricultural land. RMA is making permanent a provision that allows producers to hay, graze, or chop cover crops and still receive a full prevented planting payment. To accommodate the different farming practices across the country, RMA is also increasing flexibility related to the prevented planting "1 in 4" requirement, as well as aligning crop insurance definitions with USDA's National...

Related ATTRA Publication: Crop Insurance Options for Specialty, Diversified, and Organic Farmers The Center for Rural Affairs has released a new resource guide to inform producers who grow small grains about crop insurance options, From Seed to Secured: Crop Insurance for Small Grains. The guide includes information about the availability of established Multi-Peril policies for small grains, as well as what to do if there is not an available Multi-Peril policy in your county. It also discusses a special option, or "endorsement," available for malting barley; describes Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and gives a brief overview of the landscape of private policies...

In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Agricultural and Natural Resource Economist Jeff Schahczenski talks with Aria McLauchlan and Harley Cross about how to measure the impact that soil health practices can have in mitigating the impacts of weather and climate disruption. Aria and Harley are co-founders of Land Core, a nonprofit organization advancing soil health policies and programs that create value for farmers, businesses, and communities. Land Core guided the successful passage of language supporting soil health at the USDA in both the House and Senate in 2019 and built a broad coalition that helped secure more than...

Craig Schmitt, a long-time organic grain farmer from Wolf Point, Montana, has some problems doing the right thing. Having just recently recovered from a bout with COVID-19, he feels lucky to be well again. However, being ill put him behind on seeding and he is almost always worried about enough rain to bring his crops to fruition. Montana is a semi-arid dryland farming area, and that means that using cover cropping (or green manures), minimizing tillage, and optimizing soil moisture is tricky.
By Jeff Schahczenski, NCAT Agricultural and Natural Resource Economist ...

I’m still trying to wrap my head around the polar vortex that hit the United States in mid-February: leaving people in Texas without power for up to two weeks, coming within five minutes of crashing the entire Texas power grid, and devastating farms and ranches across the state, including some good friends of mine. It was a “teachable moment” for sure, offering lessons about climate disruption and power industry deregulation among other things. As someone who spent several years working on improving crop insurance for organic farms, the storm also got me thinking about safety nets: who has them and...

Climate disruption is a crisis that according to best scientific evidence suggests the need for farmers and ranchers to explore increasing risks to both the yields and prices of the products they produce. Though there are many ways to reduce these risks, subsidized federal crop insurance remains a critical tool for some protection. This webinar explores crop insurance basics, how to assess price and yield risks in your location, and outline important benefits and limitations of the array of crop insurance products that are available. In this hour session, participants asked questions about their issues in confronting increasing price and...

I have recently been awakened to a re-evaluation of risk and uncertainty. Have these changes in risk and uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the need and desire to re-examine crop insurance?
By Jeff Schahczenski, NCAT Agricultural and Natural Resource Economist...

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....

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...