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November 29 webinar will discuss AGR-Lite and other options
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) will offer a webinar on Thursday, November 29, to explain Adjusted Gross Revenue Lite (AGR-Lite)— a unique type of federally subsided crop insurance that holds great promise to serve the needs of smaller, diverse, specialty crop, organic, and direct-market farmers.
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 1-800-346-9140.
Farmers who grow diverse specialty crops, organic crops, or who have mixed crop/livestock operations, are especially 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 on Thursday, November 29, 2012. It is funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency.
Title: Understanding Whole-Farm Insurance for Specialized, Diversified, and Organic Farms
The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service - ATTRA - was developed and is managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). The project is funded through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service.
Visit the NCAT website for more information on our other sustainable agriculture and energy projects.