Crop insurance updates underway for apple growers


Crop insurance updates underway for apple growers

The Risk Management Agency is proposing to update apple crop insurance for growers for the first time in a decade.

Administrator Marcia Bunger tells Brownfield the changes are based on feedback from stakeholders and growers and enable producers to have more flexibility covering apples intended for different markets.

“Which in essence allows producers to better manage individual coverage and price risk more effectively,” she says.

Updates would also allow changes in orchards sizes to adjust outside of acreage reporting dates, exclude slicer apples from fresh apple coverage, and provide higher coverage options for specialty apples.

Public comments will be accepted until Valentine’s Day and changes would be effective for the 2023 season.