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Agri-Pulse Newsmakers: Sept. 29, 2023: Rep. Eric Sorensen and USDA Trade Undersecretary Alexis Taylor on government shutdown, Chile trade mission

As Congress rushes to fund the government, Rep. Eric Sorensen, D-Ill., discusses the potential impact a government shutdown could have on America’s farmers, ranchers, and consumers. Plus, he dives deeper into climate policy and what the dialog could look like in the upcoming farm bill.

Then, USDA Trade Undersecretary Alexis Taylor joins from Santiago, Chile, to discuss the most recent trade mission and potential new U.S. trading relationships.

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Organic crop insurance policies by county

Organic_Map.pngMany consider crop insurance to be the most important part of the farm safety net and USDA’s Risk Management Agency has continued to expand this public private partnership with more types of coverage options—especially for organic producers.

The first organic crop insurance policies were written in 2002, but the 2014 farm bill required USDA to establish organic price elections for all organic crops.

The number of organic policies sold continues to grow, from about 54 hundred to over 11 thousand in 2022.

According to USDA, those policies covered nearly two million acres.

This map shows where the highest number of organic insurance policies were sold by county last year.

Some of the states with the most policies sold include California, Washington, and Texas. Montana and Texas both had over 200-thousand acres covered by insurance. Four other states had over 100-thousand acres covered.

Wheat, corn, and soybeans are three of the most common organic crops insured.

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