Establish a STAX program for all program commodities, as well as for apples, potatoes,tomatoes, grapes and sweet corn; and
Provide a target price program for all program commodities, with the exception of cotton.
The Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) is an insurance product designed to provide a fiscally responsible and effective safety net for program crop farmers and growers of tomatoes, potatoes, apples, grapes and sweet corn. The program would be administered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency in a manner consistent with the current crop insurance delivery system. It is designed to complement existing crop insurance programs. It does not change any features of existing insurance policies.
If we can use STAX to cover these five specialty crops, fruit and vegetable producers in 44 states will benefit. The five crops were selected based on the following criteria:
a. Crop insurance is currently available for the crop;
b. The crop ranks in the top 13 in value of production for the country and represents at least 2 percent of the country’s value of production; and
c. The crops are all grown in at least 13 states.
We would like to cover additional fruits and vegetables under the STAX program in the future. The STAX plan addresses revenue losses on an area-wide basis, with a county being the designated area of coverage. In counties lacking sufficient data, larger geographical areas such as county groupings may be necessary to preserve the integrity of the program. The “stacked” feature of the program implies that the coverage would sit on top of the producer’s individual crop insurance product
It will interesting to see if the STAX program finds any traction at all among other grower organizations in the fresh produce sector.