Farm insurance webinar being offered

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The National Center for Appropriate Technology will offer a webinar Nov. 29 at 1 p.m., to explain Adjusted Gross Revenue Lite — a unique type of federally subsidized crop insurance to serve the needs of smaller, diverse, specialty crop, organic and direct-market farmers.

What it is

While most insurance products are tied to a specific crop or commodity, AGR-Lite is based on whole-farm revenue and allows farmers who grow several specialty crops, high value crops (including organic), or diverse crops and livestock products, to insure their production based on the farm’s historic revenue.

The free, hour-long webinar, “Understanding Whole-Farm Insurance for Specialized, Diversified, and Organic Farms” will explain how AGR-Lite works and also will demonstrate NCAT’s new AGR-Lite Wizard assessment tool.

This tool allows farmers to evaluate the usefulness of whole-farm revenue insurance for their own situation, and is available as a free download from www.agrlitewizard.com, or by calling 800-346-9140.

Targeted producers

Farmers who grow diverse specialty crops, organic crops, or who have mixed crop/livestock operations, are encouraged to attend, along with educators and other professionals who serve these growers.

The webinar will feature regionally appropriate examples from the Southeast, although people from all parts of the country are welcome and will find it useful.

There will be time for attendees to ask questions. The webinar presenter will be Jeff Schahczenski, an agricultural economist with NCAT. The webinar is funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency.

The webinar will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. It is funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency. To learn more or to register, go to https://attra.ncat.org/whole_farm.

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