Are you a producer transitioning to organic or maybe you already grow a certified organic grain or feed crop? Are those crops covered with Federal crop insurance? If the answer is yes, you can now get premium assistance from the USDA for the 2023 reinsurance year through the Transitional and Organic Grower Assistance (TOGA) Program. It’s offered by the USDA’s Risk Management Agency, and it can reduce your overall crop insurance premium bills, and help you continue to use an organic agricultural system.
TOGA is available nationwide and is part of USDA’s Organic Transition Initiative, a group of programs that build more and better markets for American growers and consumers, improve the resilience of the food supply chain, and address the economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
You will automatically receive the premium assistance on your billing statements for the 2023 reinsurance year, which covers applicable policies with sales closing dates from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023.
Since there is no enrollment paperwork, the premium assistance will automatically apply to those eligible insurance policies with July or August sales closing dates that have passed.
Find out if you are a producer eligible to receive assistance from the TOGA program. TOGA provides premium assistance to eligible producers who insure their crop during the 2023 reinsurance year. You will receive a discount on your premium billing statement:
- For crops in transition to certified organic, producers can receive 10 percentage points of premium subsidy.
- For organic grain and feed crops, producers can receive $5 premium assistance per insured acre.
- 10 percentage points of premium subsidy for all Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) policies covering any number of crops in transition to organic or certified organic practice crops. Producers who have additional individual crop insurance policies will also receive the applicable premium assistance on those policies.
Eligible organic grain and feed crops under the TOGA program are:
alfalfa seed, barley, buckwheat, canola, corn, cultivated wild rice, dry beans, dry peas, flax, forage production, forage seeding, fresh market sweet corn, grain sorghum, hybrid corn seed, hybrid popcorn seed, hybrid sorghum seed, hybrid sweet corn seed, millet, oats, crops insured under the Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage policy, peanuts, popcorn, rice, rye, safflower, sesame, silage sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers, sweet corn, triticale, and wheat.
If a producer purchases an underlying policy and an additional endorsement, the TOGA premium subsidy only applies to the underlying policy.
Therefore, the TOGA subsidy will not apply on premium owed on:
You will automatically receive the premium assistance on the premium billing statements for the 2023 reinsurance year, which covers applicable policies with sales closing dates from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023.
- For most eligible crops, the 2023 reinsurance year is also the 2023 crop year. However, a few crops are in the 2023 reinsurance year but cover a different crop year. Some examples include raisins, California avocados, macadamia nuts, and several citrus crops.
- To be eligible for TOGA, producers must purchase an additional coverage policy.
- The subsidy benefit is limited to no more than the total premium amount owed. Producers will not receive a payment if the calculated subsidy amount is greater than their bill.
- Producers can receive both TOGA and premium assistance from other premium subsidy programs.
- August 22, 2022 News Release: USDA Offers Greater Protection and Flexibility With RMA’s Transitional and Organic Grower Assistance
- Transitional and Organic Grower Assistance Notice of Funding Availability
- Transitional and Organic Grower Assistance Fact Sheet
- Transitional and Organic Grower Assistance Program FAQs
- USDA’s Organic Transition Initiative
- RMA Organic Crops Page
- June 1, 2022: USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative News Release
- National Organic Program (NOP)
- Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP)
- USDA Organic Webpage
- Farmers.gov Organic Farmers Webpage
- RMA Home
- RMA Agent Locator
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