USDA Offers Premium Assistance for Transitional and Organic Growers

USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced that producers with Federal crop insurance for crops in transition to organic or a certified organic grain or feed crop are eligible to receive premium assistance for the 2023 reinsurance year. The Transitional and Organic Grower Assistance (TOGA) Program, offered by RMA, reduces a producer’s overall crop insurance premium bills, and helps them continue to use organic agricultural systems. Premium benefits for TOGA include 10 percentage points of premium subsidy for all crops in transition, $5 per acre premium benefit for certified organic grain and feed crops, and 10 percentage points of premium subsidy for all Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) policies covering any number of crops in transition to organic or crops with the certified organic practice. Producers can receive both RMA’s TOGA and premium assistance from other premium subsidy programs, and no paperwork is needed to apply.