Free webinars available on Whole Farm Revenue Protection

Do you produce fruits, vegetables or other specialty crops? Are you interested in protecting your crops with crop insurance, but struggling to find crop insurance that works for the diversity of fruits or vegetables you produce on your operation?

Or maybe you’re a crop insurance agent who is interested in strengthening crop insurance options for specialty crop producers. Maybe you’re a banker, and your banking policies require that loan applicants have crop insurance.

Center for Rural Affairs will hold free webinars on Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), a crop insurance option that requires crop diversity in order to qualify. The first two webinars are on Thursday, Nov. 17: one for producers and one for insurance agents. All are welcome to attend, there is no cost to participate.

Scott Marlow of Rural Advancement Foundation International and crop insurance expert Clifton Parker will share their knowledge and expertise on how WFRP works and how to apply it to specialty crop producers.


Crop insurance for specialty crop systems

What producers need to know about Whole Farm Revenue Protection
Thursday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to noon. CST
Focused for producers, all are welcome
Click here to register

Insuring fruit and vegetable producers under Whole Farm Revenue Protection
Thursday, Nov. 17, noon to 1 p.m. CST
Focused for insurance agents, all are welcome
Click here to register

Whole Farm Revenue Protection was created under the last Farm Bill and is designed to offer coverage for operations for which traditional crop-specific insurance products aren’t available.


Upcoming webinars

Wednesday, Nov 30: Whole Farm Revenue Protection for commodity producers. This will be a great webinar for commodity producers who have one or two additional crops that they have trouble insuring.


Wednesday, Dec 14: Whole Farm Revenue Protection for livestock producers. WFRP will insure up to $1 million in annual revenue from animals and animal products - learn how to apply.


Our presenters

Scott Marlow currently serves as executive director for the Rural Advancement Foundation International. He previously directed the organization’s Farm Sustainability Program, providing in-depth financial counseling to farmers in crisis, education on disaster assistance programs and access to credit, and addressing the needs of mid-scale farmers seeking to increase the sustainability of their farms by transitioning to higher-value specialty markets. His specialty is financial infrastructure, including access to credit and risk management for value-added producers. Scott has served on the steering committee of the National Task Force to Renew Agriculture of the Middle, the Organization Council of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the Board of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, the Board of the North Carolina Farm Transition Network, and currently serves on the North Carolina Agricultural Advancement Consortium and the Advisory Committee of the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. Scott holds a Master’s degree in Crop Science from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Duke University. Twitter: @ScottRAFI

Clifton Parker has more than 30 years of experience in risk management and crop insurance. He retired from the United State Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency as assistant deputy administrator for Insurance Services and now works as an independent risk management consultant. Clif has conducted workshops on numerous crop insurance products, served as an expert reviewer for the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board of Directors and developed several new crop insurance programs.


The webinars will be recorded and posted - check back for more info.

Update Nov. 18: Find the recorded webinars for specialty crop producers here.