Northern New York grower Adam Hainer stands next to tomato plants damaged by flooding and mud several feet deep during Hurricane Irene in 2011. Photo: CCE Essex County

Northern New York grower Adam Hainer stands next to tomato plants damaged by flooding and mud several feet deep during Hurricane Irene in 2011. Photo: CCE Essex County

Cornell Cooperative Extension and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets invite diversified farmers to learn about Whole Farm Revenue Protection crop insurance on November 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm in Canton, NY.

The new Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program buy-up improvements program will also be discussed at the November 12 program. Risk management educator Charles Koines will cover how to use Schedule F tax reporting to show average income on a whole farm basis and the options to select insurance for 50 percent to 85 percent loss to secure Whole Farm Revenue Protection crop insurance. Replanting coverage will also be discussed.

USDA St. Lawrence County Farm Service Agency Director Clark Putnam will present the new Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program buy-up improvements that include added quality to the coverage for hay production and provide weather-related yield losses for all other crops, including honey and maple sap. Four coverage levels are available. Farmers who qualify as Limited Resource, Beginning Farmers, and Socially Disadvantaged producers are eligible for waive of the administrative fee and reduced premiums.

‘The disaster payments of the past are gone. Farmers need to participate in subsidized crop and income insurance programs just as we do fire or flood insurance. The November 12 workshop will help farmers understand what types of insurance are best for their business,’ says workshop co-organizer Anita Deming, a farm business management specialist and executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension Essex County.

For more information, contact your local Extension office or call Anita Deming at 518.962.4810 extension 409. To preregister for the November 12 workshop in Canton, contact CCE St. Lawrence County at 315.379.9192.