Risk Management

More 2015 Funding Hearings – Food Safety, Rural Development, and Marketing Programs

April 4, 2014

This week, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee held hearings on the Obama Administration’s FY 2015 funding requests for three USDA mission areas – Food Safety, Rural Development, and Marketing and Regulatory Programs, which includes the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).  The Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee also held […]

Senate Bill Would Limit Crop Insurance Premium Subsidies

April 3, 2014

Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) have introduced a bill (S. 2201) that would place a hard limit on crop insurance premium subsidies.  The bipartisan bill would limit payments to $70,000 per farm per year and is estimated to save over $1 billion over the next ten years. Crop insurance premium subsidies are […]

Organic Producers Can Insure Crops at Contract Price

February 4, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently issued a fact sheet explaining the organic Contract Price Addendum — a crop insurance option that allows organic producers to insure their crops at the contract price specified in a guaranteed contract. The Contract Price Addendum is available for 62 crops.  The list of qualifying […]

What is in the 2014 Farm Bill For Sustainable Farms and Food Systems?

January 31, 2014

At the start of this long and twisted farm bill reauthorization process, NSAC released an ambitious farm bill platform with the goal of expanding opportunities for family farmers to produce good food, sustain the environment, and contribute to vibrant communities.  Reflecting input from sustainable and organic farmers, rural and urban communities, and food entrepreneurs, the […]

Cover Crop Webinar Recording Now Available

January 24, 2014

The National Center for Appropriate Technology and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition held a webinar yesterday that addressed when and how to terminate cover crops and maintain eligibility for crop insurance coverage of subsequently planted cash crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has developed cover crop termination guidelines that were recently updated to address this […]

Congress Outlines 2014 Funding Package

January 14, 2014

Update: Both the House and Senate passed the omnibus package this week, and the President is expected to sign the bill shortly.  For a detailed breakdown of the funding levels provided in the bill, see our updated appropriations chart. On Monday, January 13, House and Senate appropriators released the text of the fiscal year (FY) 2014 […]

Changes to Cover Crop/Crop Insurance Guidelines

January 3, 2014

In December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revised the cover crop termination guidelines announced over the summer.  USDA issued the original guidelines to address farmers’ concerns that normal cover crop management practices could render them ineligible for crop insurance coverage on subsequently planted cash crops. The guidelines provide information on when and how cover […]

Cover Crops and Crop Insurance: What’s the Connection? Webinar Announced

December 10, 2013

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) will host a national webinar on January 23, 2014.  The webinar will address the important question: when and how can you terminate your cover crops and not risk losing crop insurance coverage of cash crops that follow? Why is this important?  […]

Teaching new and diversified producers about risk management

November 14, 2013

It’s not always easy for farmers to understand how to effectively manage the many risks they face on their farm, especially for new farmers just getting their operation up and running or diversified operations, including fruit and veggie growers who produce sometimes over 50 different crops.  Fortunately, groups who are interested in helping to teach […]

Senators Call On Farm Bill Conferees to Aid Underserved Producers

November 6, 2013

Thirteen Senators have delivered a letter to Senate Farm Bill Conferees calling for a final farm bill to include provisions that will help make crop insurance appropriate and accessible for a wider range of producers. In the letter, the Senators stress that: Specialty crop growers, organic producers, diversified operations, and young and beginning farmers, who have […]

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