Past Events

2021

  • January 21 – A Specialist from the Spokane Regional Office will attend the Northwest Cherry Institute's webinar. The webinar will focus on the control of the little cherry virus. Topics discussed will include tree removal case studies, vector management study results, symptoms, sampling, and a Q&A session. The webinar will focus on cherry production deriving from the Pacific Northwest.
  • January 20 – A Specialist from the Spokane Regional office will attend the “WAVEx Webinar: Does Vineyard Mechanization Pencil Out for You? This webinar dives into the mechanization benchmark study conducted for the Washington and Oregon wine industries by Dr. Clark Seavert, Oregon State University ag economist, and will show growers how to use the free, online AgBizLogic program to see how mechanization can affect their own profitability.
  • January 14, 19, & 22 – Watts & Associated, working under contract with RMA, will conduct virtual listening sessions to study the feasibility of offering a new crop insurance program for controlled environment agriculture. The feedback provided will assist in determining if a crop insurance product or other program can be developed for growers who operate greenhouses and controlled-environment agriculture. The sessions are primarily for growers who operate greenhouses and controlled-environment agriculture and their representatives in the federal crop insurance industry. 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 from the list above.
  • January 14 – The Specialty Crops Coordinator and St. Paul Specialty Crop Liaison will speak at the Minnesota Fruit & Vegetable Convention. The convention offers a variety of topics, including vegetable production, small fruit production, and marketing designed to be of interest to large and small growers. The RMA staff will present on the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection and Production & Revenue History plans of insurance which are targeted to specialty crop producers.

2020

  • September 30 – Agralytica, under contract with RMA, will be conducting a virtual listening session to solicit feedback about improved crop insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers selling to local food markets (including but not limited to farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), road-side stands, restaurants, retailers, schools, and institutions). This includes discussing how existing crop insurance programs can be improved, as well as exploring the possibility of a new crop insurance program. Feedback received will aid in identifying potential changes and/or additions to insurance options for producers supplying local markets. This session is a supplemental offering to the previous listening sessions conducted from mid-August through early September and is primarily for farmers and ranchers who sell to local food markets and their representatives in the federal crop insurance industry. To view the formal announcement, which includes details on how to attend the sessions online or by phone, please click here.
  • September 28 & 29 – Agralytica, working under contract with RMA, will conduct two in-person listening sessions to gain feedback about potential insurance coverage options for guar. The sessions are for guar growers, industry members, and regional insurance representatives. To receive further details regarding time and location, please contact your local RMA Regional Office specialty crop liaison from the list above.
  • August 28 & 31 - Agralytica, working under contract with RMA, will conduct two virtual listening sessions to gain feedback about potential insurance coverage options for guar. The sessions are for guar growers, industry members, and regional insurance representatives. 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 from the list above.
  • August 17–September 3 – Agralytica, under contract with RMA, will be conducting virtual listening sessions to solicit feedback about improved crop insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers selling to local food markets (including but not limited to farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), road-side stands, restaurants, retailers, schools, and institutions). This includes discussing how existing crop insurance programs can be improved, as well as exploring the possibility of a new crop insurance program. Feedback received will aid in identifying potential changes and/or additions to insurance options for producers supplying local markets. The sessions are primarily for farmers and ranchers who sell to local food markets and their representatives in the federal crop insurance industry. Participants are requested to attend the session for their appropriate group; however, participants are welcome to attend any session that meets their schedule, as necessary. To view the formal announcement, which includes details on how to attend the sessions online or by phone, please click here.
  • 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. 
  •  March 5-7, 2020 – A Specialist from the Springfield Regional Office will attend the Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference at Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This conference supports growers and brewers by providing education and networking opportunities for all levels of the craft beverage industry. The Specialist will provide a session on crop insurance for Barley producers as well as have a booth at the exhibit hall to network with producers, other agencies, grower groups and craft beverage industry organizations.
  • February 8, 2020 – RMA staff from the Springfield, Illinois Regional Office will attend the Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) Michigan Family Farms Conference (MFFC) at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Texas Township Campus) in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The MFFC offers beginning, small-scale and culturally diverse farmers a chance to network, learn and build sustainable family farms. RMA will have a booth to network with producers attending the conference as well as other agencies, grower groups, and organizations.
  • February 11–13, 2020 – A Spokane Regional Office Risk Management Specialist will attend the 2020 Oregon Wine Symposium in Portland, Oregon. The symposium will discuss the state of the grape industry, a climatology report, pest and disease management, and many other topics to attendees. Over 1,700 people associated with the industry will be in attendance. The Spokane Regional Office was also invited to discuss risks associated with smoke exposure to grapes on February 13 with Oregon State University.
  • February 11–13, 2020 – RMA staff from the Springfield, Illinois Regional Office will attend the Indiana Horticulture Conference at the Marriott East Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. The event is sponsored by Purdue and is intended to bring specialty crop growers together from across the Midwest. The conference has several sessions throughout the three days and the Springfield Regional Office will have a booth set up in the trade show area. A specialist from the Springfield Regional Office will be speaking for a short time on the available crop insurance programs for small farms and specialty growers. There is a small tract available for hemp in which the Director of the Springfield Regional Office will be participating in.
  • February 12–13, 2020 – RMA staff from the Topeka Regional Office will host a booth at the Women Managing the Farm conference in Manhattan, Kansas. The event brings together a wide range of producers, including specialty crop producers, to develop the skills, resources and knowledge needed for success in a competitive agricultural environment.
  • January 27–28, 2020 – The Billings, Montana Specialty Crops Liaison will attend the Northern Pulse Growers Association Annual Convention at the Clarion Hotel in Minot, North Dakota. The Liaison will meet with the board, present dry pea crop insurance program changes, applicable planting dates, and discuss any issues the board may raise. The Liaison will also have a booth that will provide attendees with crop insurance information.
  • January 24-25, 2020 – RMA staff from the Springfield, Illinois Regional Office will attend the Northern Michigan Small Farms Conference at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Michigan. The staff will have a booth to network with producers attending the conference as well as other agencies, grower groups, and organizations. The purpose of this conference is to reach small farms and gardeners in the northern area of Michigan. The conference has hemp, maple syrup, and herb tracts available for attendees.
  • January 16-17, 2020The Billings, Montana Specialty Crops Liaison will attend the Northarvest Bean Growers Association Board Meeting and Bean Day at the Holiday Inn, Fargo, North Dakota (3083 13th Ave S.). The Liaison will meet with the board, present dry bean crop insurance program changes, and discuss any issues the board may raise.
  • January 8–10, 2020 – RMA staff from the Springfield, Illinois Regional Office will attend the Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, & Organic Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois. The purpose of the conference is to promote and develop the Illinois specialty crop industry. RMA staff will host a booth to network with producers attending the conference as well as other agencies, grower groups, and organizations.
  • January 9-11, 2020 – The Topeka, Kansas Specialty Crops Liaison will attend the Great Plains Growers Conference in St. Joseph, Missouri, for specialty crop, cut flower, and honey bee producers from the Midwest. The Liaison will be available to network with growers and other parties interested in crop insurance for specialty crops.
  • January 9–12, 2020 – An RMA Specialist from the Springfield, Illinois Regional Office will attend the Midwest iHemp Expo at the Lansing Convention Center in Lansing, Michigan. The Specialist will participate in an USDA discussion panel along with representatives from the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Rural Development.

2019

  • December 10 and 11, 2019 - The Specialty Crops Liaison from the Billings, Montana Regional Office attended the Ag Horizons Conference in Pierre, South Dakota. The Liaison presented a dry pea crop insurance update and led a discussion on Final Planting Dates, expansion, and industry issues for the South Dakota Pulse Growers Association at their annual board meeting. The Liaison also manned a booth answering individual grower questions and gave out information and the Regional Office contact for specialty crops. In addition, the Liaison met with three South Dakota State University extension specialists and an individual from the South Dakota State Department of Agriculture to let them know of RMA’s commitment to make insurance available to specialty crop growers.
  • December 9, 2019 (week of) - The RMA Whole-Farm Revenue Subject Matter Expert traveled to Mississippi the week of December 9, 2019, to visit catfish farms and met with producers to discuss crop insurance coverage options.
  • September 25–26, 2019 - RMA staff met with stakeholders Sebring and Fort Pierce to discuss revenue coverage options needs for citrus growers in Florida.
  • September 17–18, 2019 - RMA staff met with stakeholders in Bakersfield and Tulare to discuss revenue coverage options for citrus growers in California.
  • August 27–29, 2019 - RMA staff met with stakeholders in Rochester, New York to research and discuss improvements to crop insurance procedures for specialty crop growers.
  • June 24, 2019 - The RMA Specialty Crops Coordinator and Springfield, Illinois Specialty Crops Liaison met with Horseradish growers on June 24 in Collinsville, Illinois to discuss crop insurance needs of horseradish growers.