More Pennsylvania farmers can protect next year’s crops and income against uncertain weather with new diversified crops protection through the 2014 Farm Bill – the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Program.

“The strength of Pennsylvania’s agriculture is its diversity, and nowhere is that reflected more than in our network of smaller and specialty farms that meet the unique demands of consumers across the northeast,” said acting Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “The Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Program is a welcomed addition to Pennsylvania’s risk management portfolio, and I urge qualifying producers to consider using the opportunities this program offers.”

Whole-farm revenue protection provides a risk management opportunity for all commodities on the farm under one insurance policy, covering against farm revenue losses for commodities produced and resold and providing limited replant coverage. The plan is tailored for any farm, including farms with specialty or organic commodities (both crops and livestock), or those marketing to local, regional, farm-identity preserved, specialty, or direct markets.

To qualify, farms must meet the policy’s diversification requirements, have five consecutive years of farm tax history, and have no more than $8.5 million in insured revenue as calculated as revenue insurable under the policy, multiplied by the coverage level selected.

“As a producer whose farm meets this criteria, I understand how this can benefit operations that haven’t traditionally been served by crop insurance,” said Deputy Secretary for Market Development Hannah Smith-Brubaker. “I encourage other diversified farm operators to consider meeting with a crop insurance agent and learn how whole-farm revenue protection can help them.”