They will have the ability, where available and at their choice, to use their personal contract price as their price election or to choose existing crop insurance price elections. This contract price option will be available for between 60 and 70 crops in the 2014 crop year and this contract price feature will be available to the majority of insured organic crops.
RMA is also changing organic transitional yields so they will be more reflective of actual organic farming experience, starting with the 2014 crop year.
All crops are being evaluated for establishing organic prices for the 2014 crop year. Current pricing options only allow farmers to insure organic crops at the conventional prices, with the exception of eight crops (corn, soybeans, cotton, processing tomatoes, avocados, and several fresh stone fruit crops) that already have premium organic price elections.
RMA is working to provide organic price elections for six to ten crops in 2014. Oats and mint are two crops that have already been selected for organic price elections in 2014, and apricots, apples, blueberries, millet, and others are still under consideration.
The Organic Trade Association welcomed Vilsack's announcement, noting the difficulty the sector had with "fitting in."
"This recognition and guidance mean that organic no longer has to be a square peg trying to fit in a round hole," said Christine Bushway, OTA executive director. "On behalf of the 6,500 certified businesses that OTA represents, we thank the Secretary Vilsack and USDA staff for their leadership and vision."
News Source: USDA, OTA