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, Oranges)
Citrus Trees (Avocado, Carambola,
Grapefruit, Lime, Mango, Orange)
Clary Sage
Coffee
Coffee Trees
Cranberries
Cucumbers
Figs
Fresh Market Tomatoes
Grapes
Hemp
Lemon Trees
Lemons
Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia Trees
Mandarins/Tangerines
Mango Trees
Mint
Mustard
Limes
Nectarines (Fresh)
Nursery (Field Grown & Container)
Olives
Onions
Papaya
Papaya Trees
Peaches
Peaches (Cling Processing,
Freestone Fresh, Freestone Processing)
Pears
Peas (Dry, Green)
Pecans
Peppers
Pistachios
Plums
Potatoes
Prunes
Pumpkins
Raisins
Strawberries
Sunflowers
Sweet Corn
Sweet Corn (Fresh Market)
Sweet Potatoes
Table Grapes
Tangelos
Tangerine Trees
Tangors
Tomatoes
Tomatoes (Fresh Market)
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@rma.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
  • June 17 - July 28, 2020 – RMA will be conducting eight virtual listening sessions for apple growers to discuss proposed changes to the current Apple Crop Insurance Program. The listening sessions are scheduled by region; however, growers are welcome to attend any session that meets their scheduling needs. Each session will be attended by RMA representatives from Kansas City and the appropriate RMA Regional Office. During these sessions, RMA will present proposed changes to growers and ask for their comments. The feedback received will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed changes. Proposed changes to the policy are tentatively scheduled for the 2022 crop year.

    Dates for each session are listed in the table below. To receive a formal announcement for a listening session that contains detailed information including time, teleconference number, and how to access the session online, please contact your local RMA Regional Office specialty crop liaison.

Date

Region

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
North Carolina Growers
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Pennsylvania Growers
Thursday, June 25, 2020
New England Growers
Monday, June 29, 2020
Virginia Growers
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
WA/ID/CA/OR Growers (Option #1)
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Growers, All Other States
Thursday, July 9, 2020
New York Growers
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
WA/ID/CA/OR Growers (Option #2)

Past Events

Fact Sheets