Upcoming Avocado Crop Insurance Deadline

  • Oct 07, 2019

The deadline to apply for crop insurance for avocados is November 30, 2019. It is important California avocado growers review, modify or purchase their policies prior to this deadline in order to obtain protection against:

  • Adverse weather
  • Earthquake
  • Fire
  • Failure of irrigation supply
  • Insect or plant disease (excludes damage caused by insufficient or improper application of control measures)
  • Volcanic eruptions
  • Wildlife
  • All commercially grown Hass, Lamb-Hass and Gem avocados are insurable if the crop is irrigated and has reached the sixth growing season after being set out, or has produced at least 2,000 pounds of avocados per acre in one of the most recent three crop years. The insurance is available in Monterey, Orange, Riverside, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Ventura counties.

Because the guarantee is based on a grove’s production history, growers will have to provide 4 – 10 years of production records when applying for insurance. Coverage levels range from 50 – 75 percent of the grower’s approved yield and crop insurance premiums are subsidized.

The Avocado Crop Insurance Fact Sheet has not yet been updated for the 2021 crop but the prices for the 2021 crop have been set as follows:

  • Established price Conventional = $0.97/lb
  • Catastrophic price Conventional = $0.54/lb
  • Established price for Certified organic = $1.31/lb
  • Catastrophic price for Certified organic = $0.73lb
  • Transitional organic is the same price as conventional fruit.

Please note the CAT administrative fee has increased to $655 per commodity per county for the 2021 crop year.

Crop insurance may be purchased from private insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available online. For more information, contact the Risk Management Agency at 530.792.5870 or rsoca@rma.usda.gov.

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