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USDA announces ‘Roadshow’ to spotlight insurance opportunities for speciality growers

The USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) is hosting four virtual workshops between now and the end of the year to raise awareness of crop insurance policies for urban, specialty, organic, and direct-market farmers. 

“These two whole-farm programs give some much-needed options and availability to those kinds of growers,” said Marcia Bunger, RMA administrator. 

Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) allows farmers to insure multiple crops under one policy and is available to farms with up to $17 million in insured revenue. Micro Farm insurance is new for the 2022 crop year and is similar to WFRP. It is available for up to $350,000 in revenue. 

The workshops will go over recent updates to both programs and are designed to help both growers and insurance agents, Bunger says. 

 “There are areas of the country that are not aware that there [are] policies that could possibly be used in their operation,” she says.  

The workshops are part of the “RMA Roadshow” the agency is hosting to raise awareness of the WFRP and Micro Farm policies. In-person events will be announced later this fall. Learn more and join the virtual workshops by visiting the RMA Roadshow webpage. The workshops are taking place: 

  • Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. ET 
  • Thursday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. PT (for Hawaii producers) 
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. ET

Bunger says farmers who would like to sign up for a policy should contact a local insurance agent. The RMA website has a search tool too help farmers find an agent.

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