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Risk Management/Crop Insurance Education Program

Program Overview

UMass Extension in partnership with the USDA – Risk Management Agency is leading the development and delivery of a risk management/crop insurance education program for Massachusetts agricultural & aquaculture producers. This is a multi-faceted program with the intent to provide the most comprehensive and up to date information to Massachusetts producers at meetings, seminars, community events, and other outreach programs, in conjunction with our primary partners and other commodity groups.

Please visit the USDA RMA website here for useful information.   Two very helpful tools to assist you in identifying risks on your farming operations and how you can address those risks are the Strengths, Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) Analysis along with the Risk Management Checklist.

Federal Crop Insurance is sold only by licensed private crop insurance agents.  Click here to find a crop insurance agent in Massachusetts.  What should you expect from or look for in a crop insurance agent?

For further information, questions or to schedule a small group or individual information/training session, contact UMass Extension Risk Management Specialists, Paul Russell at or Tom Smiarowski at .


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