USDA Expands Insurance Options for Farmers Transitioning to Organic

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Los tiempos de respuesta serán lentos debido a los incendios forestales afectando al condado de Santa Cruz y COVID-19. Los plazos de cumplimiento orgánico y las inspecciones se retrasarán para los negocios afectados por estas crisis.  Lea las últimas actualizaciones sobre los incendios forestales del norte de California y visite nuestra página web de Covid-19 para encontrar información específica a la pandemia »

Today, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new step to support farmers transitioning to certified organic production, by expanding a crop insurance option to allow producers to purchase insurance coverage that better reflects their product’s actual value. The Secretary made the announcement at the White House during remarks at the White House Rural Council/USDA Market Summit.
 
In his announcement, Secretary Vilsack said that “consumer demand for organic products continues to increase and the industry has experienced remarkable growth, representing more than $39 billion in U.S. retail sales. This growth creates opportunities for farmers and businesses across the country.  Expanding the safety net for farmers wanting to enter the organic market ensures they have the tools and resources they need to meet this growing demand while protecting their operation.
 
Today’s announcement enables producers to insure transitional crops to their contract price, within approved limits.  Producers transitioning to certified organic production can now use the Contract Price Addendum to cover their crops at a higher price than conventional crops. The Contract Price Addendum allows farmers transitioning to organic production to insure certain crops at their contract price rather than the published USDA Risk Management Agency price election. A Contract Price Addendum fact sheet is available at http://go.usa.gov/cyFGR. A list of commodities eligible for the Contract Price Addendum is available at www.rma.usda.gov/news/currentissues/organics/cpa_eligibility.html.

The Organic Coup is headquartered in Walnut Creek, California.

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The Organic Coup is headquartered in Walnut Creek, California.

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This article was adapted from an OTA press release. If you have additional questions, contact Nate Lewis, at nlewis@ota.com, or Marni Karlin at mkarlin@ota.com.