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Revenue Protection for Organic Producers: Too Much or Too Little

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  • Singerman, Ariel
  • Hart, Chad E.
  • Lence, Sergio H.

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A framework is developed to examine organic crop insurance established by the Risk ManagementAgency (RMA). Given that the RMA links organic and conventional crop prices, the modelis calibrated to reflect both markets to illustrate the impacts that pricing has on insurancecoverage. Findings indicate that at the 75% coverage level, the RMA’s fixed-price factor impliesan effective coverage ranging from 43% to 105% depending on the ratio of planting-time organicto conventional market prices. Results suggest the RMA’s program is likely to induce adverseselection because the nominal coverage level is likely to deviate substantially from the effectivecoverage.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 35964.

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Date of creation: 01 Dec 2012
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, December 2012, vol. 37 no. 3, pp. 415-434
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:35964

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Keywords: adverse selection; crop insurance; organic agriculture;

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