Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica Ziehm

October 28, 2010

Crop Insurance Meetings Scheduled For Producers

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today announced a series of education sessions on apple and grape crop insurance.   Changes this year in crop insurance eligibility for fresh market apples are driving farmer interest in education sessions throughout the State.  “Crop insurance can provide an important safety net to growers who are dependent on the weather to bring a crop to harvest and make a living,” said Commissioner Patrick Hooker.  The education sessions can help farmers understand changes in coverage as well as better understand program basics.  For those without crop insurance, the session can help producers learn how to use federally created crop insurance opportunities to make their farming operations less subject to forces beyond their control. 

The deadline for signing up for the 2011 crop year for apples, grapes and peaches is November 20, 2010.  New York’s major perennial fruit crops can be severely impacted by hail, late frosts and early warming trends.  Even when a crop is partially damaged, growers need to continue to tend the trees and the crop, which requires labor and materials.  Since the cost of production is often the same, whether the apple or grape harvest is excellent or less than half the usual crop, insurance can help pay for continuing costs of production.

New York State is the second largest apple producing state in the country.  Autumn apple picking and farm sales continue to be favorite activities of city and town residents. 

The workshop series is being co-sponsored by the Department, USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) and by county Cornell Cooperative Extension offices hosting meetings around the State.  USDA RMA Regional Director Larry Atkinson is scheduled to attend the November 17 apple crop insurance education meeting in the Hudson Valley.  He will explain the new eligibility requirements for fresh apple crop insurance.  All other sessions will be staffed by crop insurance educator Charlie Koines.  USDA RMA Crop Insurance Specialist Gene Gantz will participate in some workshops.

The current education session schedule is printed below.  For updates and changes, call 800-554-4501 or see:


November 3, 4 pm - Grapes
Anthony Road Wine Company, 1020 Anthony Rd, Penn Yan
Contact:   Hans Walter-Peterson   (315-536-5134)

November 9, 11 am - Grapes
Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center, 3059 Sound Ave, Riverhead
Contact:  Alice Wise   (631-727-3595)

November 11, 10 am - Grapes
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program, 6592 West Main Rd, Portland
Contact: Kevin Martin    (716-792-2800 x205)


November 9, 10 am - Apples
Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center, 3059 Sound Ave, Riverhead
Contact:  Alice Wise,   (631-727-3595)

November 9, 7 pm - Apples
Saratoga County CCE, 50 West High St., Auditorium/Street side, Ballston Spa
Contact: Kevin Iungerman,  (518-885-8995)

November 10, 6:30 pm - Apples
Orleans Co CCE, 12690 Rte 31, Albion
Contact:  Alison De Marree,   (315-331-8415 x120)

November 12, 8 am - Apples
Wayne Co CCE, 1581 Rte 88 North, Newark
Contact:  Alison De Marree,   (315-331-8415 x120)

November 15, 4 pm - Apples
Clinton County CCE, 6064 Rte 22, #5, Plattsburgh
Contact:  Elizabeth Revette,   (518-561-7450) 

November 17, 2 pm - Apples
Cornell Hudson Valley Lab, 3357 Rte 9W, Highland
USDA Risk Management Regional Director Larry Atkinson will present apple policy changes.
Contact: Mike Fargione,   (845-691-7117)

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