Comments sought on pilot insurance programs for avocados, citrus

USDA’s Risk Management Agency has contracted with Agralytica of Alexandria, Va. to evaluate the quarantine endorsement for avocados and citrus, and the ARH citrus program for Navel oranges.

The purpose of these evaluations is to determine whether the pilot programs should be converted into permanent programs and expanded to other areas, modified and continued as pilots, or terminated. 

In November, Agralytica staff will hold listening sessions with growers and insurance staff to get feedback on how these programs have worked over the last three years and how they can be improved.

Quarantine Endorsement: Two listening sessions on the quarantine pilot will be held in Southern California, followed by sessions in Tulare County and in Fresno County.  Growers and crop insurance staff are invited to the same session.

ARH Citrus: Listening sessions for ARH Citrus will be held in Tulare County and in Fresno County. In each location, there will be a morning session for growers, and an afternoon session for insurance company staff, agents, adjusters, lenders, and other interested parties.

Here are the details:

San Diego County – Nov.12

San Diego Farm Bureau, 1670 E. Valley Parkway, San Diego, CA  92027. Meeting hours: 9-11:30 a.m. (Quarantine - all parties). (760) 745-3023

Ventura County – Nov. 13

UC Cooperative Extension, California Conference Room, 669 County Square Drive #100, Ventura, Calif. 93003. Meeting hours from 9-11:30 a.m. (Quarantine - all parties). (805) 645-1451

Tulare County – Nov. 14

International Agri-Center, Heritage Complex Building, second floor, 4500 S. Laspina St., Tulare, Calif. 93274. Meeting hours: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Quarantine discussion for all parties; 10:45 – 12:45 – ARH Citrus for all growers; and 2 – 3:30 p.m. ARH Citrus for insurers, agents, adjusters, etc. (559) 688-1030

Fresno County – Nov. 15

University of California Kearney Ag Center, Nectarine Room, 9240 S. Riverbend Ave., Parlier, Calif. 93648. Meeting hours: 8:30–10:30 a.m. – Quarantine discussion for all parties; 10:45–12:45 – ARH Citrus for growers; and 2-3:30 p.m. ARH Citrus for insurers, agents, adjusters, etc. (559) 646-6500

Agralytica staff will be available for individual meetings at all locations. To arrange a time, contact Tom Earley at 703-981-6004 or at [email protected] 

In addition, comments can be made by phone and e-mail to Tom Earley or Nick Young at (703) 981-6002 or [email protected] [3].