Risk Management/Crop Insurance Education Program
Massachusetts Fruit and Vegetable growers have many options to protect their crops and income from losses caused by natural disasters.
Federal Crop Insurance offers Massachusetts Potato (Franklin & Hampshire Counties only), Fresh Sweet Corn (all Counties), Apple (all counties), Grape (Bristol County only), and Peach (Bristol, Essex, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Middlesex & Worcester Counties only), growers policies to protect them from losses due to natural disasters. Growers have a wide variety of options with price, yield and units.
Massachusetts Fruit & Vegetable growers also have an option of purchasing a revenue based policy. Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) is a whole-farm revenue protection plan of insurance which protects against low revenue due to unavoidable natural disasters and/or market fluctuations. For more information on Whole Farm Revenue Protection, click here, to access the WFRP fact sheet.
Where can you purchase a policy
Federal Crop Insurance is sold by private crop insurance agent. Click on this link to find a crop insurance agent in Massachusetts.
Non-Insured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)
Growers of fruit and vegetable crops, not covered by crop insurance, can insure their crops through the USDA - Farm Service Agency (FSA) Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). NAP provides catastrophic coverage at 50% of the potential production and 55% of the established price. The 2014 Farm Bill provided for "buy-up" coverage under NAP, however with the expiration of the 2014 Farm Bill, "buy-up" coverage ceased and therefore is not available for the 2019 crop year. For more information and applicable deadlines, visit your local FSA office.