California Avocado Commission Secures GEM Crop Insurance Eligibility
Over the last few months the California Avocado Commission (Commission) has worked with USDA’s Risk Management Agency to pursue inclusion of the GEM variety for federal crop insurance. On August 1, 2018 the Commission learned that the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation has approved the GEM as an eligible avocado variety for crop insurance.
This eligibility has been approved for all covered counties beginning in reinsurance year 2019, which is fruit for the 2020 crop year. Interested growers will need to purchase crop insurance by the sales closing date of November 30, 2018 for crop year 2020.
Avocado crop insurance is available in the following counties: Monterey, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. If production is outside of these counties, a grower can request insurance via a written agreement.
If you have questions please contact your crop insurance agent or Ken Melban at the Commission office (949.341.1955).