By: Trevor Troyer
Grape crop insurance has been available for many years now. You can protect an average of your historical tonnage per variety. But there has not been an insurance program for grape vines. There are subsidized insurance programs for apple trees, orange trees, avocado trees, mango trees etc. through the USDA Risk Management Agency. But there has not been anything for vineyards, until now.
AgriLogic Consulting, LLC is consulting company that develops crop insurance products for the USDA. They do feasibility studies and evaluations of existing and potential programs. AgriLogic Consulting, LLC has been working on a Grapevine insurance program.
Here is what was just released on the AgriLogic website, agrilogicconsulting.com
The Grapevine Insurance Program has been approved by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation for implementation in the following states: California, Idaho, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington. Insurance industry representatives in key production regions requested a product to protect producers against perils that can destroy vines. The list of perils to be included are freeze, hail, flood, fire, and failure of the irrigation water supply (if caused by an unavoidable naturally occurring event during the insurance period). Claims will be limited to loss due to complete destruction or death of the vine. Losses for partial damage are not included under the program. While both programs are federally subsidized and administered by the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA), the vine replacement program is different and separate from the existing Grape and Table Grape Crop Insurance Programs, which cover losses related to the production of the fruit itself. Producers will be able to purchase the vine insurance program through existing crop insurance agents once the program becomes available.
I don’t have to tell you that this is a big deal. I know vineyards that have wanted this for years and nothing has been available. I have seen vineyards devasted by fire in California and Oregon in recent years. I have seen damage from early freezes in Pennsylvania and New York. This program will give growers much needed protection for their vines.
The policy documents are set to be released to the approved insurance providers by no later than August 31, 2023. The sign-up deadline for the new Grapevine Insurance program will be November 1st, 2023. Availability maps should be released at the end of August as well.
At this point we do not have any information than the above. I look forward to helping vineyards get coverage for their vines.