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Revenue Insurance: Covering Yield and Price Risks. Basic Requirements from an Insurance perspective

Managing price risk with crop revenue insurance has attracted much attention in recent years, with only two successful schemes (USA and Canada) indicating the factors most critical for success: ample regional yield-price information, effective ways of price discovery and – most importantly – extensive public support, both for regulation and finances.

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Livestock insurance and public-private partnership to be discussed in Istanbul
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The Evolution of Risk Management in Aquaculture: The Case of Insurance
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The U.S. Drought Monitor and Its Role in Agricultural Drought Risk Management
Implications from Hail Damage on Young Corn
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'Fat cats' benefit from EU farming subsidies
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Basic premium rates on multi-peril crop insurance (MPCI) program in Moldova
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Asparagus Revenue Market Loss Assistance Payment (ALAP) Program
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USA - Cold weather expected to affect wheat

The sudden sharp drop in temperatures across Kansas during the week of Nov. 10 to 15 will cause the wheat crop to go into dormancy. Whether the intense cold spell has injured the wheat depends on several factors. The moisture level in the topsoil is important. Soil moisture was generally good going into October, but the warm temperatures in October allowed the wheat to grow and put on excessive amounts of top growth, which dried out the soil. Plants that showed drought stress are more likely to be injured. Dry soils get colder more easily than wet soils.
Biological agent that fights apple scab may soon be available

Apple scab, caused by the Venturia inaequalis fungus, is, economically speaking, the most damaging disease in apple production worldwide. In order to fight against apple scab, repeated chemical fungicides must be administered in the spring and summer. Over the past two years H39, a potential antagonist based on a specific kind of Cladosporium fungus, has been tested in several European field trails. H39 appeared to be very successful in reducing apple scab on leaves and fruit. The antagonist was able to produce the same results as the conventional chemical fungicide sprays.
USA - Heavy snowfall puts Ohio harvests behind schedule

The first heavy snowfall in the state has put Ohio harvests behind schedule after an already difficult growing season due to last winter's brutal cold. Heavy snow blanketed much of Ohio before one-fifth of the state's corn crop could be harvested. The wintry conditions mean farmers might have to work into December to complete their harvests. Miami County Farm Bureau President farmers are running late when they're still harvesting after Thanksgiving. Soybeans are also running late, with about 7 percent of the crop still to be harvested.
Canada - Half of Ontario's grain corn is buried by snow

With snow piling up across much of Southern Ontario, farmers are struggling to get one of the province’s main cash crops out of the field. Half of Ontario’s grain corn crop remains unharvested and about 10% of the soybean crop has yet to be harvested. It is possible for corn to withstand winter conditions and be harvested in good condition in the spring. But farmers could face substantial harvest losses if heavy snowfall knocks down the corn stalks. The growing season started with substantial planting delays because of cool, wet weather.
USA - Carlton Fire: Ranchers, growers face long recovery

Blackened mountainsides around Stokes Ranch show a light haze of emerging green grass several months after the largest wildfire in Washington state history. Despite the greening, it will be up to five years before those lands recover enough to sustain cattle grazing. Full recovery for the dozens of ranches, orchards and timberlands scorched could take even longer. Almost every county in Eastern Washington has had a sizable fire in the last 20 years, but they haven’t been the kind where so many cattle were lost or so much ground was burned that there’s no place nearby to graze.
USA - Strawberry farmers prepare for hard freeze on Northshore

As the mercury dips lower, a precious commodity is in jeopardy on the Northshore. With a hard freeze warning issued for St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes, the Ponchatoula strawberry farmers are now bracing for the second cold snap in less than a week. Farmers should be picking right now and harvesting a lot more. Instead, strawberry farmers in Ponchatoula are covering their crop as the frigid freezing temperatures threaten to harm their precious harvest.
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2014 Livestock insurance and public-private partnership to be discussed in Istanbul

Agricultural insurance issues is going to be discussed at the International Conference "Agricultural Insurance, Reinsurance & Brokerage in CIS, Europe & Asia", October 6-8, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. Conference Agenda covers topics on high-value crop insurance, livestock insurance and national insurance programs development with PPP mechanisms applied. World’s top experts will discuss the importance of historical data use and its analysis for agricultural insurance programs development and actuarial calculation methodologies.

2014 Agricultural insurance issues to be discussed in October, Istanbul

New dates and place of the International Conference "Agricultural Insurance, Reinsurance & Brokerage in CIS, Europe & Asia" were set for October 6-8, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. Conference `Standard registration’ fee option has been launched on August 1, 2014. Conference Agenda will keep most of the topics planned earlier, as well, as it will be added with new speakers and topics. Quite a number of reinsurance and insurance industry representatives, brokers and insurance consultants from USA, Canada and Eurasia territories will participate in this event.

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Italy - Hail on melons and secondary deseases: risk event

"After yet another hailstorm in the Mantua area, and the serious downy mildew problems, we have lost over 200 hectares of melons, i.e. almost the entire July and August production," explains Ettore Cagna, chairman of Don Camillo. "Such a disaster means it will be very difficult for us to comply with the collection schedule arranged with our clients." "Of course we had planned our production at the beginning of the season according to different schedules and areas, but we lost practically everything this year!" "We are indeed preparing an emergency programme to try and reduce any inconvenience for our clients though," concludes Mr. Cagna. Source - FreshPLaza
Ukraine - Winter wheat crops destroyed by fire

On July 11, 2014, 30 hectares of winter wheat in the Dnipropetrovsk region have been reported to be destroyed by fire. According to Fire Emergency Center report, the fire has been caused by the source of open flame. Specifics on fire occurrence have not been indicated in their report. At the time of conducting the loss adjustment procedures, the actual scope of damage has been identified: entire winter wheat crops on inspected fields were destroyed. Combustion stem and charred remains of the ear were revealed on the burned field.
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