“Many, many people in the specialty crop industry have concerns if you have a policy that rewards people in times of low prices that it will keep production in the market place that would be in the market place without that level of support,” Keeling said.
On the other hand, growers generally feel better about crop insurance programs that are triggered by a loss in yield rather than triggered revenue, he said.
The apple industry does not support the revenue insurance model, but rather crop insurance plans that provides loss coverage based on bushels lost, said Nancy Foster, president of the U.S. Apple Association, Vienna, Va.
She said the apple industry supports programs that increase competitiveness, help grow the market and make the industry more efficient.
Foster said the apple industry already has traditional crop insurance options.
“We have apple crop insurance now and we have worked closely with USDA to improve it over the last several years,” Foster said.
The apple industry objects to any strings attached to crop insurance products, including provisions for mandatory participation in conservation programs.
“Apple growers are good stewards of the land and we think if growers participate in conservation programs it should be voluntary and incentive based and not mandatory.”