THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY — Farm Invoice Information, April 2024 — The Dust


Challenges for Small-Scale, Diversified Growers


Crop insurers are sometimes compensated by commissions or percentages of the general crop insurance coverage contract. This implies they earn a portion of the premiums paid by the farmer for the insurance coverage protection.


The inducement for insurers lies in maximizing their commissions, which frequently correlates with the dimensions and ease of contracts. Insuring a bigger farm with fewer crop varieties is extra financially interesting as a result of:

·       The insurer avoids the extra paperwork and workload related to every extra crop, which minimizes complexity and administrative burden.

·       Smaller, diversified farms with a number of crops on fewer acres (e.g. 30 crops rising on 5 aces) require extra paperwork and energy for comparatively smaller fee returns.

Desire for *Giant-Scale Farms

Given these components, insurers are extra more likely to choose working with bigger commodity farmers who:

·       Have bigger acreage however fewer crop varieties (e.g. 300-acre commodity farmers who solely develop three or 4 crops a 12 months).

·       Supply bigger, less complicated contracts that generate greater commissions with much less administrative overhead.

Drawback for Small-Scale, Diversified Growers

In distinction, insurers are much less more likely to choose working with small-scale growers with diversified crops on restricted acreage on account of:

·       Increased paperwork and administrative burden for every crop.

·       Smaller general contracts with decrease insurer commissions on account of their scale and diversification.

*Acknowledgement: Please word, we’re not disparaging massive farms that develop a small variety of crops. We’re extremely proud to be part of Georgia’s wealthy agricultural heritage and neighborhood. We’re merely trying to find — and advocating for — insurance coverage options that equitably safeguard the pursuits of natural farms cultivating many, numerous crop varieties.