New Organic Price Elections Make Crop Insurance a Better Deal for Organic Growers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) continues to refine crop insurance options for organic growers.

The latest change is that more crops are eligible for coverage at the organic or contracted price instead of at the conventional price.

For crop year 2016, RMA has added barley, cabbage, cranberries, cultivated wild rice, dry peas, forages (including alfalfa in some states), grass seed, onions, potatoes, processing clingstone peaches, rye, sugarcane, safflower, and wheat to the list of crops that can be insured for their organic price. Now, a total of 47 crops are eligible for the premium price election.

In 2017, organic price elections will be available for grapefruit, lemons, mandarins, oranges, and tangelos in California and Arizona.

The contract price option allows growers who have contracted to sell their crop to be reimbursed for the contracted price in case of crop loss. This option is now available for 73 different crops.

For more information on organic crop insurance, visit the RMA Organic Crops website. Crop insurance can only be purchased from private crop insurance agents. Visit the online crop insurance agent locator. An online crop estimator can help growers estimate what the premium will be for each crop.