TK: Including producers of specialty crops into the mix for the "whole farm diversified risk management insurance plan" is potentially a watershed development. How much produce industry excitement/enthusiasm for this type of approach is unknown; association leaders have been very guarded about revenue crop insurance because of the threat it presents for market-distorting signals. The merits and demerits of the plan must be a matter of some internal debate by members of the Specialty Crops Farm Bill Alliance. Even if the farm bill passes this year, it appears from the language that this insurance product may be years away from implementation. Even so, produce associations must take measure of this proposal and provide their up or down views soon.
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