Specialty Crops

Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture nursery crops. Individual crop insurance programs are currently available for the following specialty crops:

Almonds
Apples
Apple Trees
Apricots (Fresh, Processing)
Avocados
Avocado Trees
Bananas
Banana Trees
Beans (Dry, Fresh Market, Processing)
Blueberries
Cabbage
Caneberries
Carambola Trees
Cherries
Chile Peppers
Citrus (Grapefruit, Limes, Oranges)
Citrus Trees (Grapefruit, Lime, Mandarin, Orange, Tangelo)
Clary Sage
Coffee
Coffee Trees
Cranberries
Cucumbers
Figs
Grapes
Hemp
Hybrid Sweet Corn Seed
Hybrid Vegetable Seed
Lemon Trees
Lemons
Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia Trees
Mandarins/Tangerines
Mango Trees
Mint
Nectarines (Fresh)
Nursery (Field Grown & Container)
Olives
Onions
Papaya
Papaya Trees
Peaches
Peaches (Cling Processing, Freestone Fresh,
Freestone Processing)
Pears
Peas (Dry, Green)
Pecans
Pecan Trees
Peppers
Pistachios
Plums
Potatoes
Prunes
Pumpkins
Raisins
Strawberries
Sweet Corn (Fresh, Processing)
Sweet Potatoes
Table Grapes
Tangelos
Tangerine Trees
Tangors
Tomatoes (Fresh, Processing)
Walnuts

In addition, Whole-Farm Revenue Protection provides a risk management safety net to all commodities, including specialty crops, under one insurance policy and is the first Federal crop insurance program to be available in every state and county in the United States. It is tailored for any farm with up to $8.5 million in insured revenue and includes farms with specialty or organic commodities (both crops and livestock), or those marketing to local, regional, farm-identity preserved, specialty, or direct markets.

Specialty crops are a priority at RMA, and federal crop insurance coverage for specialty crops has grown steadily over the past 15 years. In 2019, the amount of insurance for specialty crops totaled more than $18 billion.

Chart 1: FCIC Program Growth for Specialty Crops

RMA continues to communicate with producers and other interested parties to identify where there is a need to expand the availability of risk management products to producers. Expansion of products is generally made to growing areas where RMA is aware the crop exists, there is some history or experience of the crops’ performance, and there is significant grower interest in the product. See details on Expansions of Specialty Crops Programs.

Contact Us

If you have feedback on how we can improve coverage for specialty crops, please let us know at SpecialtyCrops@usda.gov.

If you are interested in learning more about insuring your specialty crops, please contact your local RMA specialty crop insurance liaison from the list below:

Regional Office - Liaison

Outreach to Stakeholders Upcoming Events
  • March 16 – The Director of the RMA Springfield, IL Regional Office will present on the Micro Farm Policy at the Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS) annual Michigan Family Farms Conference. The conference is an opportunity for historically underserved and beginning and aspiring farmers to share, network, and learn from rural and urban food producers with diverse production methods and backgrounds. The Micro Farm policy provides a risk management safety net for all commodities on the farm under one insurance policy. The policy is tailored for any farm with up to $100,000 in approved revenue, including farms with specialty or organic commodities, or those marketing to local, regional, farm-identity preserved, specialty, or direct markets. 

Past Events