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A Practical Guide to Organic Crop Insurance Webinar

by Meaghan Donovan |

Join the CCOF Foundation and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) for a webinar on December 10 that provides a practical introduction to Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), a crop insurance option for diversified organic farms and ranches. In this webinar you will learn what information you need to apply for WFRP, assess if this crop insurance product is right for your farming operation, and learn how the documentation you keep for organic certification can support your application.

Crop insurance is just one of many tools to manage the risks of an organic farming business. A federally subsidized insurance policy known as WFRP provides new opportunities for organic farmers to obtain insurance coverage for crops, livestock, and animal products in any county of the nation. WFRP also provides premium discounts for operations that produce multiple crops or livestock products, making it a good option for diversified organic farms.

During this webinar, Jeff Schahczenski and Ann Baier from NCAT will walk participants through the steps involved in getting a crop insurance quote, which can be used to assess the feasibility, costs, and benefits of buying federal crop insurance. Then, they will highlight the crop yield and revenue records you may need to apply for WFRP. You’ll learn how to make use of your organic certification records and documents to collect some of this data.

This webinar is ideal for farmers who want to understand WFRP’s opportunities, limitations, and paperwork requirements in order to determine if crop insurance may be right for their farm. While WFRP is open to all farmers and ranchers, operations that grow on contract, sell to wholesale, or earn the majority of their income from three to seven crops or livestock products (i.e., eggs, milk, beef, etc.) may be best suited to meet the recordkeeping requirements of WFRP.

For more information and to register, visit the CCOF website.

Further Information on Risk Management Options for Organic Livestock Producers in California

In addition to this webinar, the CCOF Foundation also recently published two factsheets on risk management and disaster assistance options for organic livestock producers in California. Learn more about the programs via the links below.

                – USDA Risk Management Agency Risk Management Options for Organic Livestock and Forage Production in                           California 

                – USDA Farm Service Agency Disaster Assistance Programs for Organic Livestock and Forage Production in                             California

The webinar and factsheets referenced in this blog post were funded in partnership by USDA, Risk Management Agency (RMA), under award number RMRM18RMEPP522C004.

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