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Whole Farm Revenue Protection Program: 2017 – 2018 Trends

December 12, 2019

It has been five years since the 2014 Farm Bill created Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) – a new crop insurance policy championed by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) for its potential to level the playing field for producers underserved by other federal crop insurance options. WFRP replaced two former policies – Adjusted Gross Revenue […]

Is Organic Farming Risky? New Report Suggests No More So Than Non-Organic Farms

October 21, 2019

NCAT’s new report suggests organic farming is no more risky than non-organic farming. The report was funded by a research and education grant from NIFA.

COMMENT: New Changes to Whole Farm Revenue Protection Will Make Program More Accessible

August 30, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition 202-547-5754, rkovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net New Changes to Whole Farm Revenue Protection Will Make Program More Accessible Washington, DC, August 20, 2019 – Following approval by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) Board in June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced important […]

Much Needed Improvements to Whole Farm Revenue Protection

June 21, 2019

All farmers deserve access to a farm safety net that protects against the inherent risks of farming. However, the vast majority of federal crop insurance policies sold in the U.S. today are designed for farmers who grow a single crop – leaving diversified grain, livestock, and produce operations with few options to manage risks on […]

The Federal Crop Insurance Program: Status and Sustainability

November 3, 2017

Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog written by Jeff Schahczenski, an agricultural and natural resource economist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program (ATTRA). A substantial update to his 2012 ATTRA publication, Crop Insurance Options for Specialty, Diversified, and Organic Farmers, will be available this December. Federal […]

Senate Agriculture Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing for USDA Secretary

March 24, 2017

Since January, the Senate has been holding confirmation hearings for President Trump’s cabinet nominees. On Thursday, March 23, the Senate Agriculture Committee held its confirmation hearing for Trump’s pick for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary, Sonny Perdue, the last of Trump’s cabinet nominees to be vetted by the Senate. The Committee will soon schedule […]

More Farmers Are Seeking Risk Management Options That Encourage Crop Diversity

October 26, 2016

In only its second year on the market, sales of Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) insurance have nearly doubled – from 1,110 policies in 2015 to 2,143 in 2016. This is great news for a relatively new risk-management product still technically in its pilot phase. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) was a major proponent of […]

Have Access Improvements to the Federal Crop Insurance Program Gone Far Enough?

July 28, 2016

If you’re an onion farmer in Louisiana or a blueberry farmer in Iowa, the answer is most likely – no. The Federal Crop Insurance Program has gone through a host of changes since 2000 (the last time Congress passed a major stand-alone overhaul of the program), including several as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, […]

Inter-Agency Blockages Threaten to Halt Further Progress on Organic Crop Insurance

June 3, 2016

Editor’s Note: For more information on the state of organic agriculture, see this article’s sister post: “Consumer Sentiment and Supply Scalability Will Determine Future of Organic Price Premiums“ In just one year’s time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) has more than doubled the number of organic crops that are able to […]

$8.7 Million Available for Risk Management Education and Targeted States Programs

May 6, 2016

The Federal Crop Insurance Program, managed by the Risk Management Agency (RMA), provides subsidized coverage through private insurance companies to over $100 billion worth of agricultural products across 298 million acres. Despite a seemingly high level of farmer participation overall, many underserved, organic, diversified, and specialty crop farmers lack information about and access to insurance […]