The Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Improvement Act was introduced on May 15, 2018 in the House by Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY). The Whole-Farm Crop Insurance Improvement Act will improve the Risk Management Agency’s (RMA) Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Crop Insurance Policy (Whole-Farm) to make the program more accessible and effective for diversified, organic, beginning, and other farmers not adequately served by other risk management options.
Crop insurance is a critical risk management tool, and in order to thrive, all our nation’s farmers need access to crop insurance products that fit their scale and type of farming. Currently, crop insurance is widely available for a handful of commodity crops, but limited in its availability and utilization for many specialty and organic crops. Many of our nation’s diversified producers who grow multiple crops and/or raise a mix of crops and livestock, beginning farmers, and producers with relatively small operations are either underserved by the federal crop insurance program, or are not able to access federal risk management tools at all. Whole-Farm Revenue Protection is a federal risk management option that can fill the crop insurance gap for these un-served or underserved producers.
The Whole-Farm Crop Insurance Improvement Act will ensure that the next farm bill expands underserved producers’ access to crop insurance by:
NSAC thanks Congressman Maloney for championing the Whole-Farm Revenue Improvement Act of 2018, and for his leadership in strengthening the farm safety net for more American farms and family farmers.